Coach Sarah Jones begins her second season at the helm of the Purcell slow-pitch Dragons.

Coming off a 28-4 and State Runner-up finish in fast-pitch, the coach hopes for the momentum to spill over to the slow-pitch season.

“It should be a pretty good follow-up from fast-pitch,” she confirmed.

Jones reports she has several new faces on the roster.

“But the junior and senior leadership makes for a great situation,” she said.

Several senior returning starters makes for a good nucleus on which to build.

Addie Stanton, Sandra Del Toro, Chelsea Spain and Logan McKiddy return and the coach reports fellow senior Ellie Balvantin will see playing time.

Returning juniors include Khia Tyler, Hannah Buchanan, Missy Nimsey, Kyleigh Smedley, Kinley Croslin.

“They will be huge assets,” the coach said. “Kaylee Evans will see time at catcher.”

Junior Brook Fleming is injured.

“We will miss her stick,” Jones said. “It’s a big one.”

Freshmen Madison Veach and Kylie Cole are expected to make contributions and junior Vicky Johnson, who missed the fast-pitch season, is back for slow-pitch.

Freshman Gracie Harris played fast-pitch. She, along with fellow sophomores Haley Palmer and  Haylie Dempsey are fighting for playing time.

Freshmen Jaiden Avila, Leslie Thompson and Alexis Johnson are also competing for positions.

“I am looking forward to seeing the results of consistency this season,” Jones said. 

“We have several girls in key positions that have been in the program for a few years now. I have my assistant coach, Scotty Ward, back for his second season. Consistency is always good for any program.

“Kenzie Cunnius is joining us as an assistant coach with the junior high as well.”

“We have a lot of potential to be very successful. With limited practice time we can only get better.

“Our first game was against Mustang and we took a loss but saw great things and didn’t have our entire team,” the coach said.

“I am happy to see new faces join the program and more girls that want to play slow-pitch. It always makes the entire program better for both slow-pitch and fast-pitch.

“I know our end goal is to go far in the playoffs but we have to stick with one game at a time. We’re looking forward to an exciting season,” the coach concluded.

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