Dade County High School’s softball team will get the 2014 season underway this week with a lot of new faces on the field. The Lady Wolverines have only two starters from last season returning, senior Carly Stephens and junior Carri Pierce. The team will be under the leadership of Coach Christine Engbers who will be assisted by Heidi Wilson.
The Sentinel asked Coach Engbers to share her thoughts on the team and on the individual players.
I am really excited for the season to start. The girls have put in a ton of work over the summer to prepare for the upcoming season. We are going to have a completely different makeup than we did last year. We have a lot of young, talented girls, but we also have some experienced upper classmen who are dedicated to the team and want to win.
Carly Stephens is an outstanding leader. She has really stepped up this summer not only as a leader, but also as a player. Both her hitting and fielding have improved greatly since last season. She will be our main source of power hitting, but she has also added a few more tools to help her succeed at the plate. She is our defensive leader at first base.
Carri Pierce is one of the smartest softball players I have ever coached. She knows the game and knows how to read each situation and take advantage of it. Carri will be holding down the leadoff spot in our line-up for the second year in a row. She is also a very versatile defender with a great glove.
Autumn Smith will be taking over center field duties this year. Autumn has improved greatly the past two years, and she has worked hard to be a solid outfielder. Autumn has incredible arm strength and her bat speed and strength have improved each day this summer. She will contribute to our success in many ways.
Haley Keesler is one of the most fun players to coach. She has a very willing attitude and she always goes full-speed. Keesler’s hitting is her greatest area of improvement this year. She always finds a way to win in the batter’s box and it is so awesome to see her step up to the plate with confidence each at-bat.
Morgan Lacy will be holding down left field for our team this year. Morgan has recently become an outfielder again and her natural skills are taking over. She has great speed defensively and a strong arm. Morgan also brings a ton of experience to the plate and as a base runner.
Kara Moore joins us for a second year on the team. She is an outfielder and is working hard every day to improve her skills. She brings a lot of strength to the plate and will serve as a power hitter this fall.
Kaitlyn Booth is our only returning sophomore. She didn’t get much time last year due to a shoulder injury, but she has fully healed and will serve as a pitcher/third baseman. Kaitlyn’s defensive game has improved greatly since last year and her pitching will be a vital element to our team success. She has also really worked hard in the cages to improve her swing.
Kylie Wilson and Maddie Martin are both transfer students that will join our team for the first year. Both Kylie and Maddie are solid outfielders and provide depth for us in these positions. Kylie is a great base runner and Maddie has been working hard in the hitting facility to improve her swing. Both girls bring a positive atmosphere to our team.
Sydney Poston will fill a big role for us this fall. She provides us with speed, solid defense, and a great bat.
Haley Bayer has been working diligently this summer on her pitching, fielding, and hitting. She will be a vital part of our pitching rotation this fall.
Miranda Paradis is a solid utility player. She can go just about anywhere on the field and play each position well. She is also a great base runner with a lot of speed.
Amanda Beinborn will be looking to fill the role of catcher this fall. She has great arm strength and speed to make her successful behind the plate.
Madison Schauer is another solid utility player that brings a lot to our team. She has speed, a great infield glove, and solid hitting.
Kailey Burrell is an outfielder that will provide us with speed both defensively and offensively. Kailey is a natural athlete who reads the ball and base running situations well.
The Lady Wolverines will scrimmage Coahulla Creek at home Thursday before the home opener on Saturday. The scrimmage game will begin at 5 p.m.
Saturday will be the first official game of the new season when Dade takes on Dalton High School at DCHS. First pitch is at noon.
The Lady Wolverines will travel to LaFayette on Monday with a game time of 7 p.m.