Young guns expected to take lead for HOCO

Houston County Head Softball Coach Angela Crawford talks about the youth of her team entering the 2017 season. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- Houston County Head Softball Coach Angela Crawford knows how to reload talent.

A year after HOCO lost talent off their 2015 state-runner-up team, the Lady Bears must replace a talented senior class from a year ago.

"You can't really replace Autumn [Ring) and [Caitlyn] Davis just because of the leadership skills and the how they lead the team everyday," Crawford said. "We got some young kids that are going to step up and hopefully fill those shoes."

The Lady Bears replace eight seniors off last year's state playoff team. Houston County has plenty of young talent returning including pitcher Rylee Lamb, power hitter Grace Hardee and third baseman Maddie Campbell. Those underclassmen are expected to carry the load from both a production and leadership standpoint for the Lady Bears.

"They're doing a good job though trying to be the field generals on the field and starting to talk a little more," Crawford said. "They're kind of growing into that position willingly or unwillingly."

Houston County takes on Veterans on the road Thursday at 6 p.m.

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