The Wayne Lady Bulldogs fast-pitch team will hit the diamond with head coach Braiden Black at the helm for the second year.
Graduated from last year’s 20-11 team are Morgan Posey, Kynzee Johnson, Raegan Dill and Sydney McGowen. All four girls were helpers for the Lady Bulldogs.
However, coach Black is optimistic about his team reloading and having success in the upcoming season.
“We lost four seniors but have girls with lots of game experience that will be helpers,” coach Black said.
Bailey Kennedy, a senior, will man the catcher position again and has earned All-Conference honors for the last three years.
Fellow seniors Maddison Hunt and Stormy Miller will bring senior leadership to the outfield.
Coach Black is excited that some of his underclassmen could have the chance to contribute also.
Freshmen Kaylee Madden and Emily Woody both have a chance to start. Sophomore Haiden Parker will be in the circle to replace four year starter Johnson.
The team has been practicing and is eager to get the schedule underway to tackle their goal playing host to District games and playing into the Regional tournament.
“We lost a lot of experience with our graduating seniors, but have a lot of girls who are ready to step up,” Black said.
The Lady Bulldogs will kick off their schedule on the road at Empire on Monday.
“Empire is a good opening game. They’re tough.”
Other perennial foes on the schedule are Vanoss, Elmore City, Ninnekah, Stratford, Rush Springs and Central Marlow.
“We have a few good tournaments on the schedule. The Sterling and Ninnekah ones are big and we’re excited to go out and compete,” Black said.
Following their road opener, Wayne will play host to ECP on Tuesday and be in the Central Marlow tournament August 15-17.