Beth Baxley is in her second season as Providence’s softball coach. The Panthers have sustained their status as one of the area’s top programs during her tenure.
She appears to have another playoff-caliber team. Providence is off to a solid 9-3 (5-2 So. Meck 8) start after guiding the Panthers to a second-place conference, the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state playoffs and a 16-7 record last season.
They appear to be on pace for similar results. However, Providence sits third in the league standings behind Olympic and Charlotte Catholic. Fortunately for Baxley and her bunch, they’re only two games back from the top spot in the So. Meck 8 standings, so a league title a league title is still a possibility for them.
Offensively, Providence is one of the more dynamic teams in the greater Charlotte area. The Panthers have a slew of proven hitters, including junior outfielder/utility player Bianca Zaffarese (.500 batting average), senior utility player Abby Caslin (.514 batting average), junior second baseman Laura Hay (.450 batting average), junior third baseman/pitcher Natalie Hallman (.405 batting average) and junior center fielder Rileigh Bryant (.400 batting average).
Providence visits Olympic for a conference clash Monday, April 3. The first pitch is at 5:00 p.m.