Shadyside Lady Tigers 2022 Softball Preview


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Shadyside Lady Tigers

Head Coach: Robert Gorrell
Years Head Coach (current school): 1st
Record (current school): 0-0
Years Head Coach (overall): 1st
Record (overall): 0-0

Assistant Coaches:
Tom Brown
Jeff Lowe
Kenzie Fielding

League Affiliation: OVAC - Class 2A

Top players returning:
Gentry Brown, SS/3B - first team all east district, first team OVAC all conference, first team all MOVL, Along with these awards Brow also helped lead the volleyball team to back to back OVAC championships and the district Championship in volleyball her sophomore year. Earning OVAC player of the year for class 2A in 2021. Brown is the lead returning hitter for average and power. (#9 home runs)

Brown is one of five returning junior starters for the team. That will be the nucleus of the lady Tiger team.

Bella Honeywell - 1B returns as a starter at first base and is a another power hitter. Honeywell blasted #8 home runs last season. She will be depended on this season to hit for average and power.

Rylie Futon-P/U- rylie earned honorable mention all East districts as a sophomore.Fulton returns As a pitcher and utility player. She can play any position on the field. She is one of the best pure hitters on the team.

Mary Smith - 2B - another returning honorable mention all east district as a sophomore. Smith with be starting on second base for the second consecutive year. As well as one of our starting pitchers. As a junior, Smith is another key player we are counting on for offense.

Mady Violet -3B Returning junior starter on third base. Violet has worked hard in the off season and coming into the season Violets bat is looking good.

Taylor Fulton - P/IF/C/OF- returning sophomore pitcher who logged the most innings pitched in 2021. Along with Pitching Taylor will also be one of our catchers filling the vacancy left by Tory Hendershot.

Abby Gorrell - OF/P/C- As a sophomore Gorrell is a returning left field player. Earning a starting position in the second half of the season. Gorrell is one of our sophomores to watch as she has worked extremely hard in the off-season and in spring practice.

Macy Hendershot- OF/IF- Hendershot a sophomore, will be playing positions in the outfield as well as getting time at first base. Macy is a left-handed player and Tremendous athlete. Hendershot Was also a part of the volleyball team winning to back to back OVAC championships and the district Championship. We expect big things from both our sophomores.

Top players lost:
Kylie Jo Baker, first team All conference, First team All East district, first team MOVL, Honorable mention all State

Tory Hendershot, First team OVAC all-conference, First team MOVL

New impact players:
Our lone senior player Caroline Mercer. Mercer is coming to the team without ever playing softball. Bringing her athleticism as an all conference setter, all East district setter, first team all MOVL. Mercer Was also a part of the volleyball team winning to back to back OVAC championships and the district Championship. Working hard and improving every day.

Other sophomore players include McKenzie Zdunczyk, Adriana Abernethy, Aaliyah Warick,and Kearstin Zeroski,

Rounding out the The 2022 Lady Tiger roster will be Josey Greenwood and Arianna Saxton. Greenwood is working at The outfield and behind the plate catching. As an Incoming freshman Saxton will be relied on as one of the LT’s starting pitchers.

Final Comments:
Obviously losing two key four year starters at key positions will be hard to replace. While we did not lose numbers to graduation we lost quality players. We have 6-7 Returning starters. We expect to be competitive even though we are young with no senior starters. We have plenty of good hitters. Our season could depend on how fast our young pitchers and catchers can come along. Our juniors have given us leadership and baring injuries we expect to continue to get better throughout the season.