There will be opportunities aplenty for new faces to make their mark for the Mark Twain softball team this season.
The Mark Twain softball team has lots of youth to work with.
Head coach Kachina Hudson has just two seniors on her 2018 roster. The rest of the team is comprised of freshmen and sophomores.
“We have a lot of growing potential,” Hudson said. “If we can get them all on the same page and play together like a well-oiled machine, we will gain a lot from this year.”
Bria Hooley and Paige Eddington pave the way as the lone upperclassmen for a program that went 3-19 last year.
“They're going to have to step up and be leaders this year,” Hudson said of the seniors.
There will be opportunities aplenty for young faces to make their mark for the Lady Tigers this fall.
Sydnee Brothers will be the No. 1 pitcher for Mark Twain. The sophomore tossed 86 2/3 innings a year ago and struck out 46 batters. The key for her will be control.
Molly Hill is primed to be the backup in the circle.
Autumn Arndt is projected as the Lady Tigers' starting catcher as a freshman.
“Autumn is kind of being thrown into that role whether she wants to or not, but I'm sure she can handle it,” Hudson said. “She's a strong kid.”
Elizabeth Trower is expected to play center field, with Emma Boleach, Emily Branham, Kenleigh Epperson, Debra Murfin and Krayleigh Power all among the group of outfielders.
Eddington (first base), Emily Evans (second base), Emma Ross (shortstop), Hooley (third base) and Cheyenne Ross (third base) are listed as infielders.
Emma Clarkson will serve as a utility player for the Lady Tigers.
Many position assignments remain in flux until the season gets underway, according to Hudson.
“We've got lots of girls who are utility players,” the coach said. “There are a few positions that are interchangeable until we see how everybody handles game situations.”