There are not many softball players in Nashville with the versatility of a Mackenzie Lehmer.
The David Lipscomb senior not only plays shortstop, coach Gary Davis also asks her to catch after starting her career in the outfield. And she bats leadoff.
Not many players in Nashville do all that.
“I love catching. It gives me a chance to be involved in every pitch,” she said. “I just want to be out there in whatever capacity and give our team a chance to win.
"Batting first is important, because a good leadoff batter needs to get on base to get things started.”
But catching is her calling.
"It's so fun catching our pitchers like Maurie Logan, Bailey Bonte and McCarley Thomas,'' she said. "They make my job so easy.''
As the District 10-AA tournament opened Friday, Lehmer had the pleasure of catching a no-hitter by Thomas, a sophomore, in a 15-0 opening round romp over Whites Creek Friday afternoon.
Next up for Lehmer and the Mustangs is a winners’ bracket game, 4:30 p.m. Monday against rival CPA at Lipscomb's Burton campus field.
Lehmer was also a standout volleyball player for the Mustangs back in the fall.
Asked what her favorite sport was, she said, "It honestly doesn't matter, I like playing whatever season I'm in.''
One of just two seniors (Emily Pogue is the other), Lehmer was asked to sum up her four years of Lipscomb softball.
"I have been blessed to play for a great group of coaches,'' said Lehmer, who will attend Lipscomb University, although she said her playing days are over. "And I have a great group of teammates. I am so thankful for all of them. I couldn't have asked for a more fun four years. I'm just hoping we can get to state.''
• Ensworth looking for sweep: So far this school year, Ensworth High has won state championships in football and boys basketball, as well as volleyball, in DII.
So can the baseball team make it a sweep?
"I think they have a shot,'' athletics director Ricky Bowers, who guided the football and basketball team to those crowns in November and March, respectively, said.
Ex-major leaguer Jason Maxwell coaches the baseball team.
"We also have a shot in lacrosse, while some individual championships in tennis and track look promising as well,'' Bowers said.
Ensworth is in the middle of a jumbled up picture in baseball. The Tigers are in a logjam with MBA, Ryan, BGA, Baylor and three-time defending champ Brentwood Academy.
"It's really tight with about seven teams which could finish anywhere in that order,'' Brentwood Academy coach Buddy Alexander said. "Briarcrest is ineligible for the tournaments, but after that, it's anyone's guess.''
Best two-of-three opening round series open this weekend. Those winners advance to sectionals which carry Spring Fling state tournament Final Four berths.
• NCS shoots for regional: Nashville Christian School has had a re-awakening in girls softball.
Under the leadership of first-year coach Cooper Wood, the Eagles are 17-11 after an opening round win the District 10-A tournament.
Sophomore Savannah Womack (10-6) pitched a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over host White House Heritage last Friday. Womack also leads the team with a .416 batting average.
NCS next plays Houston County in the second round of the double elimintion tournament at 3 p.m. Monday at White House Heritage.
The Eagles are shooting for their first region tourney berth in several years.
Recently, NCS beat regular season champion East Robertson 5-4, handing the Indians their first home district loss in five years.
• Henderson named golf coach at Harpeth Hall: Carter Henderson, a standout golfer at MBA and Virginia, has been named the golf coach at all-girls school Harpeth Hall.
Henderson was a three-year letterman in golf and a two-year letterman in basketball at MBA where he was part of two straight state championship teams before graduating in 2001. Henderson was a former standout golfer at MTSU and Virginia. He is a two-time Municipal Amateur champion.
• CPA's Lindsey makes AA list: Christ Presbyterian Academy freshman Jalen Lindsey has been named second team All-American by MaxPreps and was also recently named Tennessee Sports Writers All-state.
Also, schools said to be very interested in rising CPA senior Craig Bradshaw include Belmont, Boston College and Stanford.