With the amount of injuries that plagued the Warren County High School softball team last year, coach David Upton learned the value of depth. Last week’s tryouts were a chance to replenish the team’s roster with a group of talented players.
Coach Upton selected 23 players to fill his roster next spring, including 17 players who will be returning to the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County faced a rash of injuries last year, forcing as many as eight different freshmen to start games. The experience they gained a season ago should pay dividends going forward as the nine-player sophomore class makes up the bulk of the team.
The sophomore class includes last year’s starting second baseman Lindsey Cox, third baseman Ty Ramirez, first baseman Livia Walker, catcher Bailey Walker and outfielders Bailey Martin and Emma Holmes. Also part of the stellar sophomore class are Alexis Locke, Abby Hutchins and Lorren Cannon.
Next year’s team will include four seniors as Kailyn Cantrell, Samantha Weeter, Chelsey Chandler and Abbi Reyes all return. Each made their contributions to the varsity squad a year ago as Cantrell pitched, Weeter played shortstop and Chandler and Reyes each played outfield.
The junior class includes pitcher Sarah Knowles, first baseman Maya Denning and outfielder Keely Jacobs.
Coach Upton continues his youth movement as five freshmen will join the Lady Pioneers after helping Warren County Middle School capture a Central Tennessee Conference title. Those freshmen are pitcher Erin Hollis, catcher Skyler Youngblood and infielders Madison Mason, Bethany Porter and Neva Tackett.
Rounding out the team’s roster are juniors Liza Harvey and Jordin Milanovich, who each will have to try out in February after being unable to participate in last week’s tryouts. Both players were on the team a year ago but were forced to miss tryouts.
Coach Upton has six summer league games scheduled in June for his team. The Lady Pioneers will play games against Lincoln County, Shelbyville and Moore County. The team also has summer workouts scheduled and coach Upton will provide the information to the team.