In a year in which most sports have had to limit the number of contacts in their seasons, the Maxwell Panther softball team is not only playing a full slate of games where they have averaged 14 runs per outing, but are also having a great time doing it.
It’s a philosophy that co-coach Marc Haywood says is a primary focus of the program.
“We want our players to be supportive and a family out there. With no league or section championships to play for, we play to win and have fun. It’s not easy, but we expect our older kids to help our coaches keep the positivity going,” said Haywood.
Such was the case last week when the Panthers fell 16-9 to a resurgent Live Oak team 16-9 on April 12, then bounced back the next day to down Faith Christian in Yuba City 14-1.
Against visiting Live Oak, junior Madi Pearson had a big day blasting a three-run home run to finish 2 for 4 with five RBI.
Underclassmen Emma Hendrix and Jocelyn Lazarus also picked up a pair of hits while seniors Laynee Haywood and Morgan Dennis each tripled.
Lazarus also turned in a solid effort in the circle striking out seven.
In Yuba City on April 13, freshman Bailee Haywood struck out 10 and no hit the Lions in a five inning run rule shortened game where she also helped her own cause by going 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate.
Maxwell feasted on Faith Christian pitching as Perla Herrera, Laisha Isquierdo, Paige Vierra and Dennis each collected three hits apiece.
To this point in the season, the Panthers (3-2) have a team batting average of .430 led by Laynee Haywood and Vierra who are hitting .529 and .478 respectively while Pearson has a team-high nine RBI.
This week, Maxwell was scheduled to be in Durham on Monday, April 19, before finishing the week at home against Hamilton City on Friday.