The WCHS Lady Pioneers softball team roster has been released with a few young athletes joining the team.
Tryouts have already wrapped up and the 2023 season has a few new faces to look out for.
With dominant pitcher Madison Hollis graduated in May, another Lady Pioneer will have to take the circle. Coach Gooby Martin said, “Every position is wide open.”
Martin said that whatever position a girl plays depends on the work put in. And with three seniors, three juniors and 14 freshmen and sophomores, the underclassmen will be utilized by necessity.
“Some of the young girls will have varsity time,” said Martin. “They will have to do a lot of work to play at a high school level.”
Since they aren’t able to start practicing until February, coach Martin isn’t sure how the freshmen will be utilized, but he is ready to work them into the lineup if they put in the effort.
Fielders Kora Forbes and Ky Damon are returning for the season with Forbes expected to see some work in the circle. Heavy hitters Callie Roberts and Addison Smith made the lineup as well. Jazzlyn Ward made a name for herself last season with her work running bases, and a few WCMS stars also made the roster.
Among the seniors are Dallis Melton, Alyssa Mosley and Jessie Young. Melton played great in right field last year making many plays on balls hit her direction. Mosley played shortstop and ran the baselines impressively, and Young played third with her strong throw.
Though the three consistently held those positions for the 2022 season, Martin said, “No positions are locked in.” Regardless where they end up on the field, the Lady Pioneers are ready to make another attempt at making the state tournament.