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Lady Tigers Look For New Pieces
By David Sharp
Brashear softball has the challenge of finding ways to replace six graduating seniors from their 11-8 team in 2006. The Lady Tigers finished fourth in the Tri-County Conference with a 5-3 mark. Four all conference players return including all-district selections Christina Scudder and Hailee Kelsey. Carmen Woods was a second team conference pick and Jessi Hill made the honorable mention squad.
Sophomore Stephanie Linhart started several games as the designated player; giving head coach Sara Williams five returning starters. “We will have experience up the middle,” said Williams. “We will be very young in a lot of places.”
Christina Scudder is a returning four year starting pitcher and third baseman. Senior classmate Hailee Kelsey returns at second base and is another four year starter. Jessi Hill moves to shortstop for her senior season. Freshman Abby McKim will likely don the gear behind the plate.
Sophomore Emily Ladwig has a leg up on the third base job and Carmen Woods will man one of the outfield spots. Sophomore Alexis Harrelson has good running speed and is a contender for outfield playing time. Tabitha Killen is the remaining sophomore on the 13 person Lady Tiger softball team.
Freshmen Stephanie Elsea, Shelby Rogers, and Sydney Slavin round out the roster. Linn County probably has the most returning experience in the Tri-County. The Lady Mustangs will compete for the upper division along with LaPlata, Bevier and an improved Novinger team.
Christina Scudder might be the top returning pitcher in the conference. If the Lady Tigers can move runners along and improve their defense, they can compete in a conference that has been hit hard by graduation.