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Lithonia High Softball Preview

LITHONIA – The start of the 2018 softball season is rapidly approaching and Lithonia High School is one of the many schools gearing up for another season.

The Lithonia Bulldogs were a team that struggled last year finishing with a 7-16, 2-4 record and also took home fifth in region 5-AAAAA play. Coming into this season, the Lady Bulldogs will be without Dasha King and Anndirah Abdur-Rahim. King accounted for a .609 batting average in 2017 along with 25 RBIs and three home runs. Abdur-Rahim was a .571 batter with 15 RBIs and two home runs.

King and Abdur-Rahim also led DeKalb County in batting averages. Pitcher Kayla Carroll also graduated. Perkins was No. 3 in the county for batting averages last season.

Coming into this season head coach David Hill will have first baseman N’Layia Perkins (.561 average, 23 RBIs, 2 HRs) and Daven Nesbit (.543 average, 20 RBIs) as senior returners.

Perkins was No. 3 in the county for batting averages last season while Nesbit came in No. 7 overall.

Hill says that the overview for the season will to be a fundamentally sound team that plays together with passion. In regards to expectations, Hill says the team will be young.

“We will be really young and inexperienced,” Hill said. “We hope to generate enough overall offense this year to support improved pitching. We’re looking to be better overall defensively too.”

Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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