Monday, April 20, 2009

New Coach Guiding Lady Lions

Alvin Living Stones pitcher Samantha De La Rosa has experienced a couple of TAPPS state championships in volleyball, and now the junior right-hander would like to do the same in softball.

“Of the two sports, softball is definitely my favorite, and this year, we feel like we have the team that can go all the way,” she said. “Some of the players know what it takes to get to state and win, and we hope that carries over into softball.
“But even though we’re confident, we’re not looking too far ahead or only concentrating on state because if we do that, we could be tripped up.”

The Lady Lions are first trying to capture a TAPPS District 4-2A/A title against co-members Bellville Faith, Dickinson Pine Drive, Huntsville Alpha Omega, Kingwood Northeast and Victoria Faith, and during the first round, Bellville Faith handed Living Stones a 12-2 loss.

“We beat ourselves in that one with numerous errors, but we tried to learn from it and move on,” first-year coach Michael Anne Bryant said. “We’re still in a good position to finish in the top two, and then we can really focus in on the playoffs.
“The players are working very hard to make it happen, and we’ve had the entire team out there even during optional practices. Their mindset is state, they break every huddle by saying ‘state,’ and that’s where we want to end up.”
De La Rosa gets nearly 100 percent of the starts in the circle, but freshman Kaitlyn Anderson can also pitch when not holding down second base.

“De La Rosa is our No. 1 pitcher, and Anderson is so valuable to us at second, so that’s where they are most all of the time,” Bryant said.

Living Stones has no seniors in a lineup that has juniors Taylor Dillard (shortstop), Megan Pena (right field), Korina Moore (catcher), Shelby Young (left field) and Ashley Kubeczka (first base), sophomores Bailey Wagner (CF/SS) and Janelle Bullock (courtesy runner/OF), and freshmen Kristen Freeman (third base) and Dani Dudley (utility).
“Dillard has a gun for an arm, Bullock is our fastest player, and Young has a great attitude while always giving 100 percent, and she can play just about anywhere,” Bryant said.


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