A husband-wife coaching team combined with several returning players could be the right chemistry needed to help the Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team to have a solid 2015 season.
Nathan Carroz is this year’s head coach after he’s helped with the baseball program the last three years. He played both baseball and basketball at Wellsville when he was in high school before playing three years on the diamond in college for Hannibal LaGrange.
He is currently the prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County and has his own civil practice. Helping him coach this year is his wife Stacie Carroz, who is a teacher in the district and helps coach in four sports.
“If I ever want to see her, I have to coach with her,” Nathan Carroz joked. “It’s worked out really well so far. She has a really good relationship with the girls and with some x’s and o’s and I can be more x’s and o’s with the girls.”
Key returners to this year’s team includes seniors Samm Jett (P, SS, 1B), Danielle Brooks (SS, CF, 2B), and Courtney Bertels (OF, 1B).
Juniors include Danie Jackson (CF, IF, P) and Amber Harrison (C, 3B).
Sophomore returners include Alyssa Curtis (1B, P), Sirrina Dunn (OF), Tayler Cope (OF, C), and Chelsea Hoyt (2B, SS).
Senior Kate Smith (3B, C) has moved into the district from Mexico and is expected to help the squad with her previous experience.
Nathan Carroz said Jett and Jackson will get the most time on the mound.
“I think that Samm can be very effective from the mound,” he said. “I think that she’ll keep us very competitive in a lot of games. She has four different pitches she can throw for strikes. Danie has excellent movement on her pitches. Her and Samm will be a nice compliment to each other. Samm’s pitches move one way (and Danie’s) moves another way.”
Defensively, Nathan Carroz expects his team to be solid due to its experience and some freshmen contributions.
“I’m very confident in the individuals I’ll have on the field in each position,” he added.
“We’ve worked a lot in practice on knowing what to do with the ball if the ball gets to them. It paid off a lot this summer.”
Offensively, the Lady Trojans’ lineup is filled with several hitters who can make solid contact alongside a few power bats.
He noted the power of Harrison, Smith, and Bertels. He also said freshman Maddie Gastler may add some help to the lineup.
The Lady Trojans will start their season on Thursday, August 27 at home against Bowling Green at 5 p.m.