By Chris Parker
Norwood is hoping a strong offseason of work will pay off this fall in the form of more wins this season.
“We are fortunate to play a spring school season that rolls right into our summer league program,” Norwood coach Lori Drake said. “Our players see these opportunities to work on individual skills and prepare for our main season. We expect to see our players dedication to these workouts and practices pay off for us as we enter our fall season.”
Seniors Megan Campbell and Marla Chadwell will both be leaders this year. Both players are four-year starters with Campbell playing shortstop, where she earned all-conference honors last year, and Chadwell playing catcher. Campbell hit .364 last season with 12 runs scored. Chadwell hit .250 and scored 16 runs.
Junior Payton Drake returns to the circle at pitcher. She earned all-conference honors last year after posting a 3.04 ERA over 124.1 innings with 113 strikeouts. Drake was also a strong hitter with a .321 average at the plate.
Josie Sullivan will play centerfield in her junior season. She posted a .435 batting average in a limited offensive role.
“(She) is taking on a leadership role as an upperclassmen this year. She has improved offensively since last season,” Drake said.
Senior Keayra Dawson will move in from the outfield to second base. Junior Jade Coatney will take up an outfield spot. Three sophomores that will step into major roles are: Rainy Jarrett (outfield), Sierra Cornelison (first base) and Keyera Cornelison (third base).
Senior Holly Sinning, juniors Regan Kelly and Charlee Bradshaw along with freshman Cassie Chadwell will provide the line-up with versatility.
“We expect to be competitive, especially in conference play. We hope the tough portion of our schedule will prepare us for district play in October,” Drake said.
Norwood opens the season on Aug. 24 in the Morrisville Tournament.