By her own admission, Easley High softball coach Jessica Crumpton sets lofty goals for her program.
“I want to make the playoffs and compete for the region title,” Crumpton said. “The region will be tough. We want to improve on a daily basis and be clicking on all cylinders when the playoffs come.”
The Green Wave finished third in Region 1-AAAA last season and won two games in the playoffs.
“My kids got a taste of winning last season,” Crumpton said. “We were able to build good chemistry. Our girls treat each other like family.
“All my girls know where I live. They come and play with my kids in my backyard. I love my girls and would put them up against anybody.”
Crumpton, a 1999 Easley graduate, pitched for the Green Wave from the seventh grade through her senior year and is in her third season as coach.
“It is something that I never thought I’d ever do, but I wanted to do,” said Crumpton. “Softball is about the love of the game. Everyone is learning from each other, and it will make us a better ball club.”
Brittany Kimbrough and Billie Jean Page are the pitchers for the Green Wave. Crumpton said catcher Kelsey Garrett has done a nice job handling the pitchers and has an excellent arm.
Bailey Page and Mattison Trammel start at first base and second base, respectively.
Junior Boo Vaughn starts at shortstop and is the anchor of the team’s defense. Robin Bradley is Easley’s staring third baseman.
Seniors Emily Freeman and T.J. Jones start in center field and left field, respectively.
“Emily has one of the best arms on our team,” Crumpton said. “T.J. has a knack for putting the ball in play. Both of my seniors play excellent defense.”
Eighth-grade speedster Fyzney Patterson starts in right field and bats second.
Taylor Rothrock has been used as a pinch hitter and outfielder, while Crumpton has employed Kaitlyn Fowler as the team’s designated player.
“We have great support within the community and within our program,” said Crumpton. “We have two great seniors and a ton of young talent.”