Kendall Wells already has a season’s worth of production under her belt.

Entering play on Tuesday, Wells had eight home runs and 28 RBIs on 22 hits. Wells, a freshman on the North Oconee High School softball team, leads the Lady Titans in all three of those categories.

When asked what has allowed for such a strong start to the season, Wells credited the work she and her teammates do during practice.

“I feel like as a team we have focused more this season on our hitting and approach at the plate,” Wells said. “Also, I work with my different coaches on analyzing my swing, my bat path and hip rotation.”

Lady Titans head coach Billy Dooley recently told The Oconee Enterprise that Wells carried over her success from a strong run during the summer with her travel team.

Though she played at a high level this summer, Wells said she enjoys the opportunity to compete at the varsity level despite being a freshman.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Dooley has given me to start as a freshman this season,” Wells said. “I have worked really hard in the offseason and I feel like I have carried over my summer season to the high school season.”

As of Tuesday, North Oconee held a 9-3 overall record. The Lady Titans were on a four-game winning streak hoping to extend it this week with wins over Madison County and East Hall.

Wells said she is excited about her recent on-field success, but she said her main focus is on helping North Oconee go on a deep playoff run.

“Our No. 1 goal as team is to make it to Columbus this season,” Wells said. “Coach Dooley always tells us to ‘worry about being great in October rather than being good in August.’ I will continue to work on my hitting and defensive skills to be the best I can be. And it wouldn’t be bad to set a couple of school records.”

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