March 14, 2013
Lady Dawgs look to improve from last year’s season; Horn is 3rd head coach in 3 years for LCHS softball…
LOUISA, KY – This upcoming season for the 2013 Lady Dawgs softball will have a similiar look that it has had the past 2 years, a new head coach will take over for the Bulldogs. Kenny Horn will take over the head coaching position as he was an assistant the preceding two years to Erin Evans in 2011 and Autumn Mitchell from last year. Last season was dissappointing for LC who brought in former Marshall University star and Team USA player in Autumn Mitchell who finished 9-28. Horn begins the season with four seniors, two each of juniors and sophomores, five freshman, two eighth graders and one 7th grader.
“I’m really excited about our team this season. We return everyone from last year’s team and are very solid in the middle of our defense with Taylor Porter at shortstop and Savannah Cyrus at second base,” said coach Horn. “Michaelea Horn will play first and I look for Josie Hardin to have a good season at third. Senior Kristin Caudill will be strong at he plate as well as controlling the outfield from centerfield.
“We will be young on the corners in the outfiled, but I expect them to perform well. Mckenzie Giompalo, Addy Frazier, Tosh Rose, and Layken Chapman, all freshmen, will see time in the outfield. Our pitching will be solid with juniors Samantha Fitzpatrick, Michaelea Horn, freshman Tosh Rose and 7th grader Ciana Bowens. Eighth grader Haleigh Peck will see time at second. Moving sophomore Hali Young behind the plate was a key move for this season. It makes us solid from top to bottom. Ally Marcum and Natalie Rice will be steady and do their jobs well.”
LC will bust open their 40 game schedule on Thursday, March 14th as they travel to Greenup Co. to take on the Musketeers. Back in January senior Kristin Caudill continued her playing career as she signed a letter of intent to play for Shawnee State University. Caudill has power to knock it out of the park and can throw down a runner from centerfield going to any base. Senior Taylor Porter can also go yard as she knocked two out this past weekend in a scrimmage game. Coach Horn plans to keep the base paths hot when his players get on as he has speed throughout the team.
“I’m very thankful for all the work the coaches have put in this off season,” coach Horn said. “Joey Hardin, TJ Caudill, Marty Peck, Carlo Marcum, and Todd Frazier have put a ton of time in and I’m sure it will show when the cleats meet the brick dust. I know it’s early but this group has already started to come together. The support from local businesses has been great, and I know they will continue helping our kids out.”
The Lady Dawgs will play their first home game this Friday, March 15th as they host Perry Co. Central at 6:00 and play a double header on Saturday, March 16th with Henry Clay at 1:00 pm and Ashland at 4:00 pm.