When a program is in need of a turn around, it is often best to look internally for a solution.

When a program is in need of a turn around, it is often best to look internally for a solution.

The Wilson Lady Eagles softball team did just that this summer.

Current Eagles baseball coach Steve Lee will be taking over the reigns of the Lady Eagles softball program for the upcoming season, as Wilson looks to restore a proud tradition of winning which dates back to the early 90’s. 

“This isn’t going to be a hard transition for me going from baseball to softball,” Lee said. “In fact it’ll be very easy for me. I’ve been an assistant coach at Lone Grove in softball, and I did that for five years. We even made it to the state tournament one of those years. I really enjoy coaching softball, and I’m looking forward to rebuilding the softball program here at Wilson High School.” 

Lee will inherit a program which finished last season 13-14 overall, which culminated in a playoff elimination in the district tournament against Ringling. 

Over the last three years, the Lady Eagles have managed to win at least 10 or more games, which is a welcome trend following the 2015 season in which Wilson managed just four victories. 

During the 2017 season, the Lady Eagles finished with 16 victories, but couldn’t make it to the regional tournament. 

Last season the Lady Eagles had one representative on the All-Ardmoreite softball team in Morgan Nipp who finished with a .476 batting average with a .571 on base percentage with 17 RBI’s and 27 runs scored for the season. 

“Our biggest thing this summer has been trying to find a pitcher,” Lee said. “We’ve got several girls who have been working hard at trying to fill that role for us. Once we officially get started on July 15, that’s when we’ll be working on fundamentals and hopefully we’ll be fundamentally sound once the season starts.” 

“I’m not quite sure the last time Wilson softball made the regional fast pitch tournament,” Lee added. “These girls are motivated and they want to do well, there’s no question about that. We’ve only got about three or four starters returning, so we’ve got a lot of players who don’t have a lot of experience. But I believe these girls have a strong work ethic and are going to work hard to get better.”