“Last year we were fortunate to make the playoffs and played well at the right time,” said Mazur, entering her fourth year with the Patriots. “The players want to get back there and it’s up to them.”
Many of the Paulding County players spent the offseason with travel teams playing softball which served as a “huge” benefit for the Patriots’ squad,” he said.
“We had our first day of tryouts on Aug. 1 and played our first game [last Friday],” said Mazur. “The fact that the girls are playing over the summer is a real benefit for us.”
Paulding County welcomes back a veteran pitching staff led by juniors Olivia Ashley and Justice Smith as starters, reliever Reagan Vincent and freshman Abbie Crawford coming out of the bullpen.
“We play 28 games over a two-month period, so you need two or three quality pitchers to make it though the entire season,” Mazur said.
Senior catcher Hannah Trombley will handle the rotation and has been a varsity starter for all four years.
“We had a good offseason and it was important for us to keep working to get better and learning about each other though summer workouts,” Trombley said.
Senior Ivy Wellborn has secured the starting centerfield position while the corner outfield spots are in open competition among a youthful roster as well as the entire starting infield.
“It’s tough starting the season with early region contests but we’re going to put people where they need to be and hope they’re in the right place,” said Mazur. “We’ll have to hit well and get consistent pitching for the entire season.”
The Patriots return to action today against Allatoona.