Although the first official day of high school softball practice was last Friday, the Royse City Lady Bulldogs have been putting in a lot of work in preparation for the 2015 season, under new head coach Jody Price.
The girls went 7-1 for a second-place finish Jan. 17-18 at the Longview Winter Warm-up, beating some top programs along the way. Price takes over this season from former coach Michelle Booker, and saw her new team earn wins against Carthage (12-2), Mesquite (9-2), Caddo Magnet (9-4), Bullard, Livingston (10-0), Hallsville (12-0) and Lovejoy (2-1).
Royse City run-ruled Hallsville — which knocked the Lady Bulldogs from the 2014 playoffs — in just three innings. Noea Pizana — a Saint Peter’s University signee — threw just 26 pitches to earn the victory in the circle.
Maddie Sisk, Lexi Ruff, Taylor Sutton and Maddie Adkins slugged home runs during the tournament, which included 41 high schools from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Pizana is just one key player to watch for the Lady Bulldogs in 2015. Also among those to watch are senior Samantha Edgar, who will sign a letter of intent Feb. 4 to play at NAIA school Sterling University. Ruff has verbally committed to attend Harding University and junior Kaitlyn Johnson has verbally committed to Texas Women’s University.
The Lady Bulldogs will compete in several scrimmages before taking the field for the first official game Feb. 17 at home against former district foe Greenville.