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THS Fast Pitch Team Swinging for Wins


August 8, 2019

THS Head Softball Coach Chad Trahan

The Tecumseh High School fast pitch softball team is still young but armed with knowledge and skill gained from last season, according to Lady Savage head coach Chad Trahan.

"We were extremely young last year and we're still young," he said, "but we have a lot more experience on the team this year."

The Lady Savages had only one senior last year, which means everyone else is returning and they're adding 11 freshmen to the squad. The T-Town ladies also have four sophomores and six juniors on the team for a total of 25 players out from 9th through 12th grade, including only three seniors.

The three seniors are Hannah Frizzell, Kylee Akehurst and Shaelee Cranford. Coach Trahan brings back 10 players who were either starters, part-time starters, or have significant playing time over the past couple of years.

There is one big problem as they begin the season. Returning pitcher Harley Sturm is out for the first six weeks due to an injury suffered with a travel team a couple of weeks ago. The other returning experienced players are Ayzia Shirey, Taylor Frizzell, Cranford, Akehurst, Lauren Taylor, Emily Bingham, Lacy Howell, Gabi Jordan and Haylee Cobb. Jordan and Cobb are both returning from injuries that kept them from playing time in 2018.

Coach Trahan feels the strength of his team is in the field. "We're going to be young, but we'll be solid defensively." But don't count out the bats, "I really think we have the ability to score lots of runs with this team," Trahan said.

When asked about the keys to a successful season, Trahan said "A big part of our success will be hitting the ball with runners on base and driving in runs. "We also have to make other teams earn everything they get. If you don't walk anybody and don't make errors, you can hold a lot of teams down."

The Lady Savages will have their work cut out for them with tough district competition. Tecumseh is in District 4A-4 with Bethel, Harrah, Purcell, Pauls Valley, McGuinness and Seminole. "We've got some tough teams in our district," said the coach, "including a couple of new ones that are pretty good."

One of the questions on this year's club is who will step up a take a leadership role. The lone graduate from last year was an outstanding leader the past few years. "Losing Channing (Scallorn) is not only going to be hard to replace in the field and at the plate," said the coach, "but her leadership was key to our success. We're looking for someone to step up and become a leader."

Coach Trahan is entering his 14th season as the Lady Savages' head coach and he says their goal has never changed. "Our goal every year is to get to the state tournament and fight for a state championship. It's been our goal for 14 years and it doesn't change, no matter who's on the team. We really like this team and we have high expectations for them."

The Lady Savages finished in the finals of the Regional Tournament last year with a record of 19-14 and hope to improve on that and make it back to state.

The season begins Monday at 5 p.m. with a home game against Holdenville.


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