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Lady Chargers return eight letter winners

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex High School varsity softball team has an abundance of multi-position players. “How they mesh and the team chemistry they produce will hopefully add up to a good season,” said veteran lady Charger coach Wade Traynham. “If they practice hard, hustle and produce under game conditions with focus and heart, it should be a very interesting season. I’m very excited.”

Eight players return to the Lady Chargers. Leading the group is senior Quinlan Moore in the outfield and at shortstop. “She is one of the team leaders,” said Traynham. “I hope to count on her to lead by example.” Moore plans to sign to play softball at Lafayette College next year.

Kaitlyn Weber, a senior, will be back on the mound as a starting pitcher. “Kaitlyn was a hitting leader last year, and her experience will aid in team leadership,” said Traynham.

Ashley Walton, a junior, will add depth to the pitching staff, and play first base and in the outfield, said Traynham. “She has been improving as a hitter.”

Shelby Lewter, a junior, can play multiple positions. “I hope she can hit more triples this year,” said Traynham.

Tambria Wake, a sophomore, started at first base last year and also can play third base. “She also may see some innings on the mound,” said Traynham. Wake will be the team’s clean-up batter.

Also returning is Avis Keeling, a sophomore. “Her catching experience will help our defense, said Traynham. “She displays speed in the outfield and will be our lead-off hitter.”

Olivia Major, a sophomore, has improved her fielding and hitting. “That should lead to more playing time this year,” said Traynham.

Abigail Foster, a sophomore, will see action at third base, shortstop and also in the outfield if needed. “She is dedicated,” said Traynham.

Austin Taylor Dozier, a sophomore, was the leading hitter on JV last season. “She can play all infield positions and has good defensive chemistry with teammates,” said Traynham.

New varsity players include Cheyenne Pullman, a sophomore infielder and outfielder who bats left handed. “She will add variety to the batting order,” said the MHS coach.

Rachael Howard, a freshman, can play catcher, second base and outfield. “She can play all positions well and is a hard worker,” said Traynham.

Zariah Freeze, a freshman, can play catcher, third base and outfield. “She adds speed to the lineup,” said Traynham.

Brianna Wiedman, a sophomore, moves from being the team manager last season to playing the outfield. “She shows potential,” said Traynham.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.26.2014

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