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Chesterfield High School

Chesterfield softball working to improve

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Chesterfield— The Chesterfield High softball has worked hard in the off season, looking to improve on last season’s 9-14 record that saw them also lose the first two playoff games.

Head Coach Christian Stokes said that have some veteran players to work with younger players has been important so far this early into the season.

“We have good talent on this team, but more importantly these girls do a great job of working hard,” she says. “I think one of the greatest strengths the girls have demonstrated so far is their desire to be better every day. They are learning to ask more questions and take an active role in learning the game. We are working everyday with them to develop resiliency and improving their softball IQ.” 

Caitlyn Gibson will be looked upon to lead the team at pitcher while Meghan Raynor will handle catching. Liz Willard is working at first base, Grayce Rhyne at second base, Olivia Tucker at third, and Kaylee Eubanks at short stop.

Currently the outfield is Kai Pace, Aliyah Williams, and Haley Kuhn.

Stokes says that Willard will be a strong anchor for the team and will also see some time at pitcher.

“She does well with communication on the field and helps some of our younger girls with understanding the speed of the game,” says Stokes.

 Raynor returns with a wealth of experience from last season and Stokes said that she can already see a difference in her level of play. Williams will likely start in centerfield where she is a commanding presence with a strong arm.

Stokes said that she and her staff are already seeing great things from the younger players.

“Kaylee Eubanks is doing a great job for us a short,” she says. “She has made some great plays in the few games since we began our season. Meghan Raynor has also done well behind the plate for us as she has thrown out some runners at various bases. Her experience behind the plate will be very beneficial this season.”

 

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