The Calhoun Softball team returns three quality pitchers from last year's team. Caitlyn Hayden, an Alabama A & M signee, MaKenzie Childress, a Blue Mountain College signee, and Haley Barclay. Haley Barclay returns after seeing limited action in the 2014 season because of an injury early in the preseason. Freshman Tiffany Self, a lefty from Lynn High School - the 2014 runnerup in AHSAA State Championship, will join the rotation on the mound.
Calhoun returns two outfield starting positions, Allison Hodges and Savannah Jones, and Second baseman, Shelby Kerr. The team will be counting on all three players to provide leadership on the field and in the batter box. Sophomore Jennifer Schroeder will start at shortstop and rotate with Makenzie Childress at first base. Lacey Burleson will leadoff the batting order and see defensive time in the middle infield positions. Freshman Shelby Miller will start at third base with Shelby Kerr and Haley Tolbert adding competition at the corner.
Transfer Haley Tolbert will lead the team behind the plate with returning player Sydney Kiser adding depth. Kiser has recovered from major shoulder surgery in the Fall 2013 and will continue to compete for playing time. Sophomores Mariah Cantrell and Leah Stephenson are competing for playing time in the right field. Shelton State transfer Calli Baker will see playing time in the infield while freshman Raven Wade, Blakely Stephenson, and Morgan Bailey will be counted on to perform as they come off the bench. Taylor Williams will hit in the Designated Player position. Ashley Hart of Athens High School hopes to rejoin the team in midseason after haveing shoulder surgery in November.
This years team is optimistic to improve on the record setting number of wins (44) from the 2013 & 2014 teams and to be playing in the finals of the ACCC Championship. The challenge will be fierce as they travel to Florida to play St. Petersburg and Hillsborough Community College in mid-February and compete with the new lineup for the ACCC Northern Division. The team will have their first taste of quailty competition as the season begins with Division II University of North Alabama.
Coach Keenum believes the 2015 Lady Warhawks is an extraordinary group of young ladies (both academically and athletically) who have a real chance for success if we stay injury free and continue to improve on the details of the game.
Pictured left to right: Self, Barclay, Childress, Hayden