Fuller, Sylvester hope for victory

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 12, 1999

Natchez junior Kelly Fuller and Lady Bulldog sophomore Chrystal Sylvester hope to make history Saturday.

The pair could be part of the first Natchez High softball team to win a first round playoff series.

&uot;We finally decided that our attitudes are what determines if we won or lose,&uot; Fuller said.

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The Lady Bulldogs have lost out in the first round of the playoffs the last 14 years, including the last two years at home. Natchez hosts Long Beach Saturday at 9 a.m. in a best of three series.

&uot;I think we have a better team this year and we’ve played well the last four or five games,&uot; said Fuller, who began playing softball at the age of 5 and has been a member of the Lady Bulldogs for four years.

As one of Natchez High’s top hitters, &uot;this by far has been my best year,&uot; she said. Fuller has also been a stalwart at shortstop. &uot;I&160;love throwing people out,&uot;&160;she said. &uot;I love scooping it up and chunking it over to first.&uot;

And although Natchez is 9-12 on the season, team members say the real test will come with the playoffs.

&uot;We have new members,&uot; said Sylvester, who has been part of the Natchez High softball team for three years. &uot;We’re all starting to come together.&uot;

Sylvester, who is also a member of the Natchez basketball team, started playing softball at a young age with her aunts in a summer league in Cannonsburg.

&uot;The coach liked the way I hustled after the ball and asked me to play,&uot; she said.

So it was only natural that Sylvester went out for the Natchez team. Now, she plays left field for the Lady Bulldogs. &uot;I wanted to help out and represent my school,&uot; she said.

Both girls hope to be representing history Saturday. &uot;I like seeing the determination in other girls on the team,&uot; Sylvester said. &uot;That’s the thing that’s pulled us together. If we can stay together, there’s no stopping us.&uot;