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Preseason Softball Outlook

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Lady Chargers look for another record breaking year with players in new positions.

The 2017 softball season is just around the corner and the Lady Chargers are preparing for the first pitch and another record breaking season, but there are some new faces in some positions on the diamond.

After coming off an undefeated home record and a record breaking start last season, the Lady Chargers are looking for the same success this season as coach Ricky Hoffman leads his team into a new season. The Lady Chargers have players in new positions this year. University of Louisville commit and junior starting pitcher Taylor Roby plans on leading the Lady Chargers to more no hitters and wins again this season.

The Lady Chargers went a perfect 15-0 last season at home. Going undefeated is a hard thing to achieve in any sport. “Our goal is that the last game that is played in the state of Kentucky, we are playing in it and we win it,” said assistant coach John Pont. The team finished last season with a 23-4 record. They were also ranked in the top 10 in the state of Kentucky for most of the season and are hoping for the same success this season.

Some positions are been held by new players this season after losing three seniors last year. Senior Jordan Goers moved from right field to second base this season to take the place of Emily Salyer who graduated last year. “I changed from leftfield to second base because we lost of second baseman from last year,” said Goers. Karley Dawson, sophomore moved to catcher. This will be her first year catching.

“When you have a great group like we have here, we don’t rebuild, we reload. So as we knew our seniors were leaving last year it wasn’t a matter of where we are going to get the talent from, it was who and I think that helps the competition there. There are some great athletes. We have great athletes that will also win us softball games so it creates competition,” said Pont.

Roby is hoping to have another stellar season with many no hitters and complete game shutouts. She was the starting pitcher last year and contributed on the mound and at the plate. Roby hit 16 homeruns last season and pitched many complete games for the Lady Chargers. “The key to my game last year was always give 110% even if you’re having a rough game. I always believed in my teammates to back me up. I hope to accomplish winning districts this year. We need to do this in order to get the best regional tournament draw. I feel good about being undefeated at home, the team always loves playing at home,” said Roby.

“She brings dynamite wipe out fast balls. She brings athleticism, shes got power. She brings everything you would want in a softball player but more than that, she brings everything you would want in a teammate. She is easy to follow and that makes her a great leader,” said Pont.

The Lady Chargers first game is away against Henry Clay on March 10. The first home game will be on March 14 against Eastern High School at 6:00 pm. Follow @BELivewire on Twitter for all of the softball updates and live tweets from the games!

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