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  • Seniors Kalyn Jinks (sliding in safely during last year's state semifinals), Kaleigh Fowler and Jaden Cheek will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.
    Seniors Kalyn Jinks (sliding in safely during last year's state semifinals), Kaleigh Fowler and Jaden Cheek will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.
  • Seniors Kalyn Jinks, Kaleigh Fowler (pictured) and Jaden Cheek will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.
    Seniors Kalyn Jinks, Kaleigh Fowler (pictured) and Jaden Cheek will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.
  • Seniors Kalyn Jinks, Kaleigh Fowler and Jaden Cheek (pictured) will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.
    Seniors Kalyn Jinks, Kaleigh Fowler and Jaden Cheek (pictured) will be counted on for leadership as the Franklin County Lady Lions set out to defend their Class AAA state championship.

Lady Lions motivated to defend crown

In one way, nothing has changed as the Franklin County Lady Lions head into the 2019 season.

But then again, everything has changed.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Lady Lions will go into a season as the defending state champions.

Franklin won the school’s first fast-pitch state champioship last season in Class AAA.

And while Coach Jason Oliver said he hasn’t changed anything about how his squad is preparing for the season, nor his mindset for the upcoming year, things are different for his team.

“It’s changed the mentality of our players,” Oliver said. “They have to be aware everybody’s shooting for you. You just got a bull’s eye put on your back. Nobody cares that you won a state championship. All they want to do is beat you now even more.”

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