The Blue Eye Lady Bulldogs will have a new coach this season as Kaley Carlton begins her first season as the varsity coach. Carlton has spent the last 8 years as an assistant coach so she is familiar with the program. The transition to a new coach should not take long as Carlton knows the players well.
Blue Eye returns eight starters this year, including three all-conference players: Cassandra Andreatta (pitcher), Abby Redford (catcher) and Jaden Box (shortstop). Andreatta and Redford are four-year starters and will be expected to be leaders for the younger players. Box plays a very athletic shortstop and will try to improve at the plate.
“This year we should be more solid in the pitching department,” said Carlton. “Last year, we worked to develop Andreatta as a pitcher and she really started to improve toward the end of the season. Andreatta moved from shortstop to pitcher and we filled that position with Jaden Box. Jaden should be able to fill that position well, as she had played it in the past. Abby Redford will be strong as our returning four-year catcher.”
Even with all the returning players to the roster this team is still relatively young. Senior third baseman Makayla Campbell will be joined by four sophomores, along with Andreatta, Redford, and Box.
Returning sophomores are: centerfielder Brooklyn Box, second baseman/catcher Morgan Owens, right fielder Ariana White, and second base/pitcher Shellby Weiler. They all gained valuable experience playing at the varsity level last year as freshmen.
Several newcomers will try to break into the varsity lineup this season. They are junior Audrey Brown (OF), sophomore Alyson Morgan (1B/P) and freshmen Kenedi Larson (OF/P), Hope Smith (OF/1B), Rannah AbuDayyeh (OF) and Callie Pfeiffer (OF).
“Brooklyn Box will return to center field and should be a promising leader in the outfield,” said Carlton. “Morgan Owens will have to play a new position this year at second base, but she fills the role really well. Aly Morgan is our new first baseman and she is a really hard worker, so she should fill that role well. Makayla Campbell is our returning third baseman and she has quick reflexes.”
The Blue Eye Lady Bulldogs will be looking to improve on their 8-14 record and finish near the top of the SWCL conference this year.
“Our program is really building and we have several newcomers this year,” said Carlton. “We are extremely athletic and the incoming players can fill any of the positions that we need filled. I think this year should be an improvement over last year.”