BOAZ – The Snead State softball team went 2-3 over the weekend in Texas taking down powerhouse Navarro College and Kilgore College to kick off their 2016 season.
"We've set a team goal of a national championship with a Region 22 Championship and ACCC North Division Championship along the way," said Coach Tracy Grindrod.
"We're looking to get better each week and improve as the season progresses getting ready for conference play and then peek during post season play."
The team is returning 11 sophomores and has welcomed 12 freshmen to its roster.
Grindrod is entering his third season as the head coach of the Lady Parsons.
"We expect our players to set the standard in the classroom, for them to be role models in the community and to give back to the game when they have the chance."
Several of the Snead State Lady Parsons are graduates from local schools including Albertville, Douglas, Sardis, Geraldine and Susan Moore.
"We use softball as a means to teach our players about life and prepare them for the four-year college experience and for life after college," said Coach Grindrod.
"We will teach them about time ownership, responsibility, accountability and how to learn from their mistakes and failures. Hard work and commitment to the program are essential to our success both on the field and in the classroom."
Four Snead State Parsons were named Academic All-Americans last year. The team finished the 2015 fall term with a 3.10 grade point average.
Returning to the coaching staff this year at Snead State is Outfield Coach Twyla Haggermaker, Pitching Coach Holli Hill and Hitting Coach Megan Christensen.
Coach Grindrod's Key Players
"Christy Hendrix is our returning third base and no. 3 hitter. She will lead our team with a stonrg presence on the field." Christy is a sophomore from Hueytown.
"Chelcie Ogles will be relied on for many innings this year." Chelcie is a sophomore pitcher from Susan Moore.
"Audrey Glitzer and Emily Duncan both return to the outfield. They will provide us with lots of speed and an offensive punch to the lineup." Audrey is a sophomore from Douglas, and Emily is a sophomore from Bob Jones.
"Macy West and Payton Golden are middle infielders with solid play and contact hitters." Macy is a sophomore from Haleyville, and Payton is a sophomore from Sardis.
"Magan Ball, who sat out last season, and Marissa Hancock, who was injured, will be in the lineup with a big power bat driving in runs." Magan is a sophomore infielder from Leeds, and Marissa is a sophomore catcher from Geraldine.
"Transfer sophomore Shannon Summers has experience to help push her team to high levels of success." She is from Sparkman High School. She plays third base and catcher.
"Kaitlynn Zeiders is an experienced catcher that works hard to help our pitching staff be better each day." She is a sophomore from Cleburne County.
"Freshman pitchers Courtney Blevins and Madison Cantrell will bring speed and winning attitudes to the mound as both had highly successful high school careers." Courtney is from Ider, and Madison is from Albertville.
"Jill Shearer brings range to the middle infield and Abbey Payne and Alexis Bates bring speed and big arms to the outfield." Jill is a freshman from Albertville. Freshman Abbey Payne is from James Clements. Colbert County native Alexis Bates is also a freshman.
"Mallory Walker and Baylee Rogers will find daily playing time and bring solid skills to the team." Mallory is a freshman catcher from West Point. Baylee Rogers is a freshman from Pisgah and plays second base.
Other players include freshmen Kara Hall of Cordova, Anna Leigh Mitchell of Austin, McKenzie Ridgeway of Oak Mountain, Jana Simoneaux of Susan Moore and Kellee Stiles of Danville. Sophomore Alex Jones is from Florence.
Magan Ball, Macy West and Christy Hendrix are team leaders for Snead State.
Lady Parsons Pick Up Big Wins in Texas
The Lady Parsons kicked off their season and got their first two wins of the year at the Galveston College Invitational Tournament in Texas.
Snead State picked up a 4-2 loss against nationally-ranked Blinn College, along with losses to Galveston College and Tyler College.