Lady Wildcats already looking ahead to post-season tournaments
With 12 strong athletes filling out the varsity roster, Lady Wildcat Softball Head Coach Jeanne Fox feels that her girls have more than a fighting chance at post season play this season.
“We’ve got some talent on this team and girls that know what they’re doing. I think they are going to surprise a few people this season. We’re not going to do anything different than we have done in the past, positive thinking, hard work, and determination, and those things will make us.”
The Lady ‘Cats lost only two seniors, Katie Shreves and Jennifer Hickman, to graduation, and return the rest of the starting line-up back to the diamond.
Led by seniors Hannah Stanley, Kayla Hizer, Amber Neff, Megan Pierce, Tori Anderson, and Graeson Baker, the Green and White ladies look well poised to pocket more wins than losses this season.
Amber Neff will most likely get the call to fill the number one pitching slot. When not pitching, the experienced infielder will hold down either first base or the short stop position. Catching duties on the team will fall to Graeson Baker, who returns to that position; while Pierce, Anderson, and Hizer hold down the starting outfield positions. Stanley made her home at second base last year and will start at that position this season.
Last year, the team had only one member of the sophomore class participate, this season, that player, Taylor Cosper, returns to the team with two years of experience at the short stop position under her belt.
Sophomores making the varsity squad for 2015 include: Abby Still, third base and Madeline Cox, first base. Freshman dressing varsity for the Lady ‘Cats are: Malayna Price, catcher; Aubrey Neff, pitcher; and Katrina Heasley, second base/outfield.
Because several young arms are still being tested, the line-up will tend to change as the season progresses to allow switches to be made from the pitcher’s position to others. Basically, the line-up on any given day will depend on who is pitching.
Coach Fox and Assistant Coach Chris Neff will be looking for new pitchers throughout the season.
The team has high hopes of being successful in the post-season this year. “I don’t want to look ahead too far, but we believe that we have an excellent chance win our sectional games with this team this year,” she said. “We expect a lot out of them, but they are focused, they can do it.”
The Lady Wildcats began their season on Tuesday at Magnolia and will host Bishop Donahue at home on March 25 at 5 p.m. The Lady Wildcats will remain home this week, hosting Cameron on March 26; St. Marys on March 27; and Frontier on April 1.