Alex head coach Justin Williams with his team during a scrimmage against Community Christian School on Tuesday.

The Alex Lady Longhorns have been preparing for the upcoming season, set to begin with a road game against Minco on Aug. 6.

Head coach Justin Williams enters his second season with the program. He said beginning his second season as the head coach has been easier than entering his first season.

"This being my second year, I’m not having to address as many issues," he said.

Still, the Lady Longhorns' win total from 2016 increased in Williams' first season leading the program.

This summer is especially important for the team, due to the inexperience on the roster for the upcoming season.

Williams talked about having to replace several players from last year’s squad.

"We’re putting in new pieces," he said.

Williams added that the whole situation is a process, and the Lady Longhorns will continue to grow as they continue to get the experience that is currently missing.

"It’s a learning process. It’s early," he said. "It’s just going to take some time. … The girls do everything I ask them to do."

A couple of the experienced players that Alex brings back are Kiley Baxter and Cheyenne Werner.

Williams said that Baxter has had a tremendous attitude throughout the summer after switching positions. Her leadership has also been recognizable.

"Attitude-wise and leadership-wise, she has been fantastic," Williams said. 

Werner will look to get things done in the circle for the Lady Longhorns. 

Williams commented on her toughness as a pitcher.

"She’s as tough as they come," he said.

Alex has competed in multiple scrimmages against schools like Amber-Pocasset and Community Christian School. They battled CCS on Tuesday at home.

Throughout the scrimmage, Williams continued to see things from his team that impressed him. He was happy about the team's performance at the plate.

"I was impressed and pleased with our offense," he said.

The scrimmage against Am-Po also proved to be valuable. The Lady Longhorns were able to learn lessons against one of the top teams in the state.

"It’s important for us to just see how they do things," Williams said. "They play the game the right way. That’s what I want for this program.

"Am-Po definitely showed us some things we need to work on."

Williams also believes that the mistakes the Lady Longhorns have made are fixable.

"They’re routine mistakes," he said. "We’ll be OK."

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