Southeast softball duo finds connection on and off the field

2012-09-12T22:50:00Z 2012-09-13T14:31:09Z Southeast softball duo finds connection on and off the fieldBy LORI GRIFFIN / Lincoln Journal Star
September 12, 2012 10:50 pm  • 

Lincoln Southeast catcher Megan May has no problem telling her pitcher what she's doing wrong in the circle.

And Jaylee Hinrichs has no problem telling May where she might be going wrong.

The two players have formed what is one of the best batteries in the state. They have worked together to help the Class A second-ranked Knights to a 15-4 record this season.

“They’ve got a nice 1-2 punch in the battery behind the plate,” Southeast coach Tim Roberson said. “It’s a nice mix, not just during the regular season, but at any time. They are able to talk on and off the field.

“Megan can go out to the mound and give her two cents worth to Jaylee, and Jaylee can tell her what’s working and what’s not. It’s nice to know that we as coaches don’t have to go out to the mound all of the time. They handle it on their own.”

May transferred to Southeast after spending her first two years at Southwest, earning a state runner-up medal as a sophomore.

The Nebraska-Omaha recruit is excited about the improvement the Knights have shown. Southeast earned an unexpected trip to the state tournament in 2011 after a district upset of Papillion-La Vista. LSE began this season 10-0 before losing to Class B No. 1 Omaha Skutt. 

Hinrichs and May have been a large part of the growth at Southeast.

“Everyone is pushing each other and we work as a team,” May said. “Everyone is in it. We are all coming together.“

The twosome had no problems when the high school season began.

“It’s a lot easier, because we played on the same team last summer,” Hinrichs said. “It’s been a huge help (having May). I always have confidence in her catching me.”

The duo hopes to continue to work well together and give the Knights their first state championship since 1994.

“We have to get our hands on it and focus on how we get our team together,” Hinrichs said. “We have to motivate everyone.”

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