Yough is utilizing a four-person pitching rotation this year. When coach Dutch Harvey must rotate between either sophomore Kierra Waywood or junior Karlie Clark or senior Alona Sleith or junior Shelby Lawrenzi, well, those rotations also necessitate some movement around the diamond.
Waywood was the starting centerfielder last season as a freshman on the state championship team. When she moves to the mound, junior Hannah Bach moves from shortstop to center field and Alona Sleith, an all-state third baseman, moves to shortstop.
"We take Hannah from shortstop to center field to get some of that speed," Harvey said. "Right now we are moving things around and putting our best players on the field, just trying to get through the first half of the season."
Harvey has been pulling the right strings. No matter what the combination is, the results have not suffered. The Cougars are still perfect in Class 4A Section 2 with a 9-0 record and 13-1 overall mark. They are a tight race with Belle Vernon (13-1, 9-1).