Dragons Have Plethora of Pitchers
By JOSH STROPE
CAMERON — While many softball teams around the valley will have one dominant pitcher, Cameron will look to four girls to pace the Dragons.
Injuries forced Julia Yocum into the circle last season despite not a lot of experience. She will counted on for a lot of innings this time around.
Breanna Pekula and Emily Broughton shared pitching duties the first half of last season before injuries and they are back to contribute, as will senior Lindsay Paczewski.
Paczewski, though, will see most of her time as the starting catcher, a role she has held since she was a freshman.
Seniors Erika Whipkey and Layne Neely both started in the outfield last year, but will look to be the starters at first base.
Junior Autumn Gossett returns as the starting second baseman.
Third base will be combination of Broughton, Yocum and Pekula, based on who is pitching that day
Junior Courtney Walker returns for her third season starting at shortstop.
Sophomore Breana Boggs will start in center field after splitting time there last season. Sophomore Jordyn Hughes, who also saw a lot of starts last season, will be in left field. Right field will be played by a combination of Neely, Pekula and sophomore Raegan Whipkey.
Cameron will also have its share of freshmen this year as eight will be on the roster. They are Abby Aston, Emily Roskelly, Cassidy Butler, Carson Howard, Kimberly Simms, Maddie Deagel and Alijah Kuhn.
“Our expectations are the same as last year — we want to be competitive,” Cameron coach Albert Paczewski said. “These girls had a good season last year and adjusted well to the new coaching staff, and we really expect them to improve with another year of learning our style of play.
“We don’t necessarily have any single “stars” on this team, but we have a group of athletic girls who are solid ball players. One of this team’s strengths is that we are versatile. Most of our girls can play multiple positions, which gives us a lot of options and a well-rounded team. Another one of our strengths is experience. We only lost one starter to graduation last year (Marissa Meintel, who played first), so we’re returning a lot of girls who started last year and played a lot of innings.”
Tara Paczewski and Joe Pettit are the assistant coaches and Bobby Neely as volunteer.