Elyria Catholic Panthers 2023 Softball Preview


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Elyria Catholic Panthers

Head Coach: Terrel Dixon
Years Head Coach (current school): 2
Record (current school): 15-8
Years Head Coach (overall): 2
Record (overall): 15-8

Assistant Coaches:
Jennifer Tackett
Natalie Camp
Katherine Gauntner

Record last season: 15-8
League Affiliation: Great Lakes Conference
Last year's playoff results: 0-1 Lost in Sectionals

Top players returning:
Grace Belza (Sr.Captain) - 2nd/Utility) .468
1st Team All-County
Scholar Athlete Award

Savannah Dixon (Jr-Captain) - 3rd/Utility.550
1st Team All-County
1st Team All-Conference
Scholar Athlete Award

Isabelle Niederst (Jr.) - OF, .328
1st Team All-County
Scholar Athlete Award

Hannah Brooks (So) - SS, .483
1st Team All-County
2nd Team All-District
Scholar Athlete Award

Harper Morgan (So.) - P, .408/.2.45
2nd Team All-County
Scholar Athlete Award

Natalie Saddler (Jr.) - OF. .338
2nd Team All-County
Scholar Athlete Award

Gia Manley (Sr.) - P, /2.54
2nd Team All-County
Scholar Athlete Award

Top players lost:
Annika Bredel (University of Findlay)
Lorain County Career Home Run Leader (35)
1st Team All-County
1st Team All-District
1st Team All-Ohio
2nd Team All-Region (Region 8)
Lorain County Athlete of the Year
Lorain County Co Miss Softball
Senior All-Star Selection

New impact players:
Lillian Ciryak (Fr.) C/2nd
Paytin Baehr (Fr.) 1st/C
Na'tavia Thomas (Fr.) OF/P


Final Comments:
This year's Panthers' team is loaded with returning starters. Our talent and experience will allow us to compete consistently at a high level. Where we are lacking is depth. We were hampered with injuries last season with 4 of our top five players in the lineup out with injuries and we lost our second leading hitter, Savannah Dixon, midway through the season as well. Regardless of the team or sport, when you lose 5 out of 9 players in your starting lineup the last month of the season, it makes it difficult to compete and make a run in the playoffs. We had a great off-season and focused on building depth in our program. Overall, we look to compete for a second conference title (GLC, 11-0) but this teams focus is on work ethic, playing in the moment and taking a pitch by pitch approach to make the necessary adjustments that will allow us to prepare and compete game to game.