2019 brings a lot of new faces to the Vernon Lady Chaparral’s roster. The softball team is only returning 8 players. The incoming freshman bring fresh talent to this years squad.
“We have a lot of new incoming freshman. A lot of kids that were committed to a four year and actually decided to go Juco route instead so I think they all bring a different level of athleticism and a great new energy to our field. They’re really competitive. A lot have went to state tournaments in high school.. A lot have played at a high level competitively for travel ball so I’m really excited to see the product that we put out,” said Brittanie Talley.
“When you bring in a totally different group of girls theres always going to be a different vibe, because theres so many different personalities. I just think that it all meshes together really well. Yea we dont have those players anymore, and I think they just set the standard and its just going to keep going up from there,” said Nicole Arreola.
One of the new additions to the team? Freshman Alexis Hoang.. Hoang has already proven her leadership skills and has the maturity of seasoned veteran.
“Just being able to play these games and just be present and play with all these awesome amazing people and I know that were going to do great, and I know that all of our hard work is going to be paid off whenever we play in these games,” said Alexis Hoang.
Also playing a key role for the team this season is Sophomore Pitcher Nicole Arreola. Arreola is expected to command the field in her final season as a Lady Chaparral.
“We have so much talent here on this field and compared to last year and years before that I’ve seen.. I am so excited for what this year has to bring,” said Nicole Arreola.
After receiving an award for having the best field in the region… The Vernon College Lady Chaps are determined to uphold a standard of quality… not only in winning field of the year .. but winning games on that field.
“We just shared some twitter posts from other times that want to come take our field of the year title in our region.. so we just amp the girls up and they say,’ no they cant get it and were going to get other ones too!’ So we hold it over their heads. The coaching staff has a trophy so what can you get to top us now,” said Brittanie Talley.
There may be several new faces at Wade Kirk Field this year.. but the goal remains the same.. work hard and win games.