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Coyote softball welcomes recruits for fall training

The “real season” may not begin until spring in the minds of many, but don’t tell that to Weatherford College softball coach Haylee Williams and her team.

As always, they’ve been hard at work in the fall to make sure when spring does arrive, they are their usual highly competitive selves.

The Coyotes are coming off a 35-16 season in which they finished second in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference with a 23-9 record. They advanced to the Region V North Tournament, winning two and losing two.

And, once again, Williams came through with a strong recruiting class. Among the highlights are Kristen Kamnick, who played first base, third base and in the outfield at Weatherford High School. Stephanie Jimenez, from Huntington Park, California, and Missouri City’s Mia Arnett are both strong corner players. The Coyotes also added pitchers Mattye Tyler from Brock and Natalie Trujillo from Pearland.

Transfers include middle infielder Payton Salmon from the University of Central Arkansas and catcher Mylonee Becerra from Angelo State University.

“We added a lot of depth to our outfield as well, which was a big emphasis for our 2018 class,” Williams said.

That list includes Heidi Bogle, Tulsa; Aubree Beggs, Graham; and Madeline Holder, Denton.

“Our catching depth is the best we have had with another catching addition from Tuscon, Emma Garbutt,” Williams said. “A utility and designated player from Aledo, Megan Reynolds, will help us depth wise as well.

“The fall is a big key to our success in the spring. The freshmen learn how to be on their own away from their families and how to balance their time between class, softball and personal time,” Williams continued. “It is a difficult transition for them, so we really try to stay in tune with how they are growing, feeling and dealing with all of the changes and demands on them.”

Williams said on the field they focus on fundamentals and team defense. They also take time each week to hit in small groups, so hitters are getting specialized instruction based on their individual needs.

“It’s time for us to really grow into a team and get to know each student-athlete and how everyone can contribute in the best way for us in the spring,” she said. “The sophomores learn how to be leaders and good examples for the freshmen and teach them what we expect as a coaching staff and what being a Weatherford College Coyote means.”

“We haven’t got to play much as we got a lot of rain, but the games we have played we have done well,” Williams said. “There is definitely a lot of room for improvement and things to work on, but we have seen a lot of good things and positive things to build on.”