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.”