Talihina’s Ashley Daney – Player Spotlight Presented by McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

With the loss of seven starters from last year, the 2019 fastpitch season figures to be an uphill battle for the Lady Tigers of Talihina. So it’s a good thing that they have a versatile, unselfish player like Ashley Daney on the diamond.

“She can play a lot of different positions and although she’s spent a lot of time at first base, I’ll probably use her wherever I need her most,” said her coach David Morris. “She’s a great kid and a lot of fun to be around but she works her rear end off and never complains. She’s a good leader for us and isn’t afraid to keep the kids in line if they start goofing off.”

Ashley is all about the team and wherever she ends up playing is alright with her.

“I probably would rather play in the outfield, but I’m okay just being out there somewhere,” said the senior three-year starter.

For Daney, it was her mom and aunt that really got the ball rolling in terms of playing.

“My mom and aunt started a T-ball team for me and my cousins when I was six and I’ve been playing ever since,” said Ashley who also plays basketball for Talihina and is a member of FSCLA.

Daney acknowledges that she’s probably the team cheerleader and in charge of setting the atmosphere going into a game.

“I’ll get the music going in the locker room or on the bus,” said Daney

“God-awful loud music,” interjected her coach laughing.

She and her coach know that with a district that includes softball powerhouses like Silo, Colbert. Calera, Hartshorne and Savanna, coming by wins won’t be easy this season.

“We’re very young with all our graduation losses,” said Morris. “I’ve just got Ashley and one other senior with the rest being mostly freshmen and no return pitching experience.”

But as she has so notably done during her years at Talihina, Ashley Daney takes it all in stride.

“If we were more experienced I’d probably have more senior year goals but right now my main focus is just to help us get a few wins this season.”