There’s no secret what the goal of the WCMS softball program is every year. The Lady Pioneers expect to be Central Tennessee Conference champions each April.
Third-year coach Joe Damon recently selected a roster he believes is capable of reaching his program’s lofty standards.
“Our returning girls know what is expected and will have to step up and show leadership for the younger girls,” said Damon, who has amassed a 38-8 record in two years. “Most of this eighth-grade class knows what it takes to win. They were part of a championship in 2018. They also know how it feels to finish one game short.
“We have plenty of work to do and there are positions to fill, but the experience we are returning should set a good example for the group.”
Of the 18 players selected last week, 10 are returning from last season’s roster. Those players include Brooklyn Cope, Gracie Randolph, Halle Lowe, Isabella Pennington, Jazlynn Ward, Kora Forbes, Callie Jo Roberts, Ky Damon, Lily Rains and Maggy Whiles.
Forbes was a leader in the circle, throwing over half (84.2) of the team’s total innings played last year (152). Roberts (.373, 14 RBIs) and Randolph (.348, 18 RBIs) were highly productive at the plate last season, while Whiles hit .429 in limited at-bats.
New roster members include Hailey Lee, Brooklyn Burkett, Elly Bain, Emma Carter, Hope Gilley, Kyaira Sharpe, Lola Wells and Maddox Adams.
Damon will hold conditioning in the fall and the team will hit the field for practice in early 2020.