The 2012-2013 Lady Westerners have assembled a team of very smart, athletic and competitive players to help improve on a 23-34 Record from last season. This year we have 17 players coming to campus to compete for a starting position. Both I and Coach Berumen have put in the work and time to find the players we feel are needed to compete in a very tough Western Junior College Athletic Conference. With powerhouses such as Howard College, Midland College and Odessa College being competitive each year, we have set out to bring in talented and competitive players that are able to match up to these teams. We have 5 returning sophomores who saw plenty of action last year that we will ask to be leaders in the classroom as well as on and off the field. This leadership will help bring not only individual success but team success as well. Those 5 players are Jaime Ohm (OF), Morgan Stover (C/OF), Taylor Gillette (1B/3B), Reagan Darnell (Pitcher) and Ashleigh Pilgrim (1B/OF). These sophomores as well as the freshman we have signed have been putting in the necessary work throughout the summer in the weight room as well as on the field to help us bring home a conference championship. We will continue to work throughout the fall in order to put us in the position to achieve all of our goals.
Offensively, Freshman Outfielder Melanie Bailey (Brazoswood HS), freshman 2nd Baseman Rachel Tassin (Sante Fe HS) Sophomore Catcher/Outfielder Morgan Stover (Ponder HS) and Sophomore Outfielder Jaime Ohm (Frisco Wakeland HS) are 4 players that we are looking for to be the table setters in the #1 and #2 Spots in the order. They all possess the speed and offensive ability to set and break many all time records at Western Texas College. In the #3, #4 and #5 spots, Sophomore 1st and 3rd Baseman Taylor Gillette (El Paso Canutillo High School), Freshman Pitcher and Outfielder Regan Staudt (Colleyville Heritage HS) Freshman Catcher Breanna Cedillo (Haltom City HS), and Freshman 3rd baseman and Shortstop Lauren Davis (FW Brewer HS) will be looked upon to produce big offensive power numbers throughout the fall and spring seasons. The bottom of the lineup is a spot where a lot of teams will be looking for players to step up and make their offenses very potent from top to bottom. We have plenty of depth on our team that could make us a very exciting team to watch this year. Freshman Pitcher and Outfielder Heather Newton (Coahoma HS), Freshman 3rd Baseman and Outfielder Leia Andriotto (Decatur HS), Freshman Shortstop Meghan Eilers (Sanger HS), Freshman Shortstop and Outfielder Jennifer Manis (Del Rio HS), Sophomore 1st Baseman and Outfielder Ashleigh Pilgrim (Mineral Wells HS), Freshman Utility Player Shyana Baugh (Colorado City High School) along with Bailey, Tassin, Stover and Ohm will compete for the #6, #7, #8 & #9 spots in our order. It will not be an easy task for the coaching staff to decide on a starting line-up early in the fall because all of these kids are capable of hitting anywhere in the line-up.
In the pitching circle this year we will feature returning Sophomore Reagan Darnell (Clyde HS), Heather Newton (Coahoma HS), Adrianna Vargas (Carlsbad HS, NM) and Regan Staudt (Colleyville Heritage HS). Darnell was an all conference pitcher for us last season; she is a very hard working pitcher, with lots of movement and is a fierce competitor when the ball is handed over to her. We look for Reagan to improve on the season she had for us last year and look forward to her becoming a dominating force for us in the circle. Newton is transferring to Western Texas College from Angelo State University. Heather had a stellar high school career at Coahoma High School, where she set many records as a pitcher. She is a hard throwing power pitcher with a little bit of finesse. She will be competing for a spot in our pitching rotation as well as competing for a starting spot at one of the outfield positions. Heather will bring a wealth of softball knowledge to our softball program. Vargas who is from Carlsbad New Mexico is a hard throwing pitcher with a wicked Curveball and Change up to go along with the velocity she brings to the plate. With plenty of focus and hard work, she can be a very dominating pitcher in this conference. She went to Carlsbad High School where she won a state championship her junior year and made it to the state tournament all four of her high school seasons. Regan Staudt comes to us with a great deal of talent and ability as both a pitcher and hitter. In the pitching circle she will be used to offset the hard throwing pitchers we have in the circle. She is a consistent pitcher that throws a ton of strikes and very seldom misses a spot. When her drop ball is on she is very tough to hit. With these four ladies we feel we have a complete pitching staff this year. We pitched most of last season with only two pitchers. In college you really need 3 to 4 solid pitchers that you feel you can put on the field at any moment. These pitchers will complement each other as we have a couple of hard throwers and a couple of pitchers that throw a few miles per hour slower than the others.
The 2012-2013 Lady Westerner Softball Team will play a 25 game fall scrimmage schedule as well as a 64 game spring schedule that features four tournaments. At the end of the season we hope to be at the regional tournament in Lubbock, Texas May 3rd -5th competing for a national championship berth in St. George, Utah.
May 6, 2013