Lady Trojans look to improve at plate

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Anna Church connects on a pitch in a game against Wheaton last year. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Johnson, Reeves to lead Southwest softball team

The Southwest softball team is looking for its first above .500 season in four years, aiming to compete at the district tournament at the year’s end.

Shawn Johnson, Southwest softball coach, said the team’s defense will be sound, but hitting will need some work.

Alli Fosse tosses a pitch during a game against Wheaton last season. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“Our overall strength will be defense,” he said. “I feel we have people in place who will go and make a play. I feel our area to improve will be hitting. If we can improve our hitting, then I think we will be in a position to compete each night.”

The Lady Trojans will be led by senior center fielder Natalie Johnson, who batted .501 with 25 runs scored and 38 stolen bases last season, and senior second baseman Amy Reeves. Coach Johnson said both have been starters since their freshman seasons.

Junior Alli Fosse will be the starting pitcher. Last year, she batted .449 with 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 3 triples and 16 runs scored. At catcher will be junior Anna Church, who hit .339 with 17 runs scored in 2021.

Johnson said the expectation this season will be for the team to improve each day.

“Our overall expectations for this season will be to get better in all aspects of our game so that at the end of the year we are in a position where we can compete against our district opponents,” he said.

Johnson is in his fourth year at Southwest and 10th year as a head softball coach. He is 16-22 with the Lady Trojans and 89-71 overall.

The Lady Trojans finished last season at 7-13. The last winning season was in 2018 at 16-7.

Southwest’s season came to an end last year at the hands of Pierce City in a 13-2 decision.

The Lady Trojans will open this year’s campaign on Friday at the Sarcoxie Tournament.

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