LINCOLN -- Rayanna Powell was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week for leading Lincoln High School’s softball team to a 3-0 record last week.
“I couldn’t have done anything without the players behind me,” Powell said. “They really helped me when I was pitching. They made a big difference in the game.”
Powell was dominant in the circle for the Lady Golden Bears. The junior went 2-0 with 11 strikeouts while allowing seven hits and one earned run. Powell had a 0.90 ERA in two games.
“It was exciting to have experience to be that dominant in the circle, but it wasn’t just me,” she said. “The catcher was framing all of my pitches, and she was helping me more than anything. Some of my breaking pitches go off more, so she really does a great job of framing pitches.”
Powell said good coverage by her defense also helped cut down on the number of hits by the opposition.
Powell’s 2-0 record included a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Sylacauga in the Talladega County softball tournament. Lincoln held its first three opponents in the tournament scoreless.
“That was the best game that I ever pitched,” Powell said. “My dad even told me. I pitched really good against Oxford last year, but he told me that this by far was the best game that I ever pitched.”
Lincoln head coach Shea Monroe believes Powell is deserving of Player of the Week due to her work in the circle.
“She had a really good week last week,” Monroe said. “She pitched a really strong game against Ohatchee and then she had a really good game against Sylacauga in the county tournament. She threw a perfect game, which anytime you do that, it is a big accomplishment.
“Ray is really hard on herself, which is good at times, but sometimes she doesn’t need to be hard on herself. It is a game where some days you are not going to have the best stuff and some days you are. Ray is a competitor, and she is a really positive person. She is a great teammate, a great kid and I can’t say enough good things about her.
“From a pitching standpoint, she is very solid. We feel comfortable anytime she’s in the circle.”
Last season, Lincoln fell short of accomplishing its goal of making it to the state tournament. This season, the Lady Golden Bears are focused on hoisting the state championship trophy for the first time in school history.
Powell knows she will have to do a better job pitching and the team will have to continue to grow closer if it is going to accomplish that goal.
“For me, I really want to focus on doing better in the circle,” Powell said. “I want to improve and get more pitches down.
“As a team, I hope we make the state (tournament) this year. That is our main goal. I also want us to be able to grow closer together. We are already really close, but … this year we have improved and we have grown closer.
“We help each other out on the on-deck circle. If someone is done hitting, they will tell you what to do and tell you where she is throwing. They really help you. It is like we are growing closer and we are improving each other.”