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Roebuck

Dorman struggling early with inexperience

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Roebuck—Head coach Kim Hames is trying to rebuild the Dorman softball program, and this year’s edition of the Cavaliers features plenty of youth. The team is off to a 4-5 start, including a 1-3 mark in region action, but there is a lot of upside to the roster.

 “We’ve had a little bit of a rough start. We’ve only got two seniors, so we’re still a young team,” said Hames. “This team has a lot of potential. Right now, our biggest opponent is ourselves. My message to them is to play with the same intensity regardless of who’s in the other dugout.

“We’ve got some really, really good young talent that’s come up and added a lot of depth to our lineup. These are kids that have come up through the program and play competitive travel softball. The talent is there.”

Two of the upperclassmen that have been around for a while include senior second baseman Lath Freeman and junior catcher Jack Busch. The duo has provided solid leadership on and off the field.

“They are our captains. They control the middle of our lineup and they complement each other with the way they lead,” Hames said.

While only an eighth-grader, first baseman/pitcher Kasey Wolfe is already making a name for herself. She will be a player to watch over the next few seasons for the Cavaliers.

“She plays a good first base, but this is the first time we’ve been able to have a secondary pitcher in our starting lineup. If we need a pitching change, we don’t have to make a substitution. We can just move people around, which is nice. If you look at her, you wouldn’t think she’s an eighth-grader,” Hames said.

Other players seeing time in the starting lineup include freshman shortstop Gracie Freeman, sophomore designated player Kayla Dempsey, junior third baseman Kiera Godfrey, sophomore pitcher Caroline Darwin, senior left fielder Grace Lee, junior centerfielder Grace Jolly, freshman right fielder Alyssa Gilbert, and utility player Emma Bright.

Outfielder Emily Montgomery, pitcher/outfielder Madison Grizzle, middle infielders Gracie Freeman and Miller Schachner, infielder Brianna Greene, third baseman Blair Darby and first baseman Raelyn Chance are the rest of the Cavaliers.

 

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