The Wellsboro Lady Hornets softball team's season may be postponed for 2020, they are still working tirelessly in order to prepare themselves for the new season.
The Lady Hornets travelled to Florida to play on the Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex to prepare themselves for the upcoming season.
The Lady Hornets are coming off a solid season of NTL softball, finishing with an 11-9 record and returning all but three seniors with Tiana Lecker, Hailey Neal and Heidi Zuchowski all graduating this past season.
The biggest setback with losing these three seniors is the holes it leaves on the defensive end for the Lady Hornets, with Zuchowski being one of the best fielders for Wellsboro last season on first base and Neal’s presence behind the plate being missed as well.
The loss of the trio of seniors is a tough one for the Lady Hornets, with the three combining for 36 hits, 25 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Neal was one of the top producers for Wellsboro and batted over .300 on the season and her production will be missed on the offensive end.
Despite losing the three seniors, the Lady Hornets return a large majority of their top hitters with Jena Boyce set to enter her senior year after one of the top offensive seasons in the NTL, batting .367, with 22 runs scored, 17 RBIs and hit four homeruns on the season. Boyce also was one of the top area base runners with nine steals on the season without being thrown out on any attempts.
Some other big-time returners for the Lady Hornets this season are Ryann Adams, who hit .318 in 2019 and Kerah Clymer who had a team-high 23 RBIs and also had a team-high in homeruns with an astounding five on the year.
On the other side of the ball, Cathryn Brought returns for her senior season after posting a 10 win season in 2019 recording a 3.64 ERA and striking out 116 batters on the year. As the main pitcher option for the Hornets last season, look for Brought to continue to dominate on the mound throughout 2020.
The 2020 Lady Hornets may have almost the same roster as last year, but are far and away a different team this season. With a ton more experience, and a winning attitude the Wellsboro Lady Hornets softball team will need to continue to grow as the season continues.
Coming into this season the Wellsboro team will have five seniors on the team that will provide some leadership, but a vast majority of the remaining Hornets are still young and a bit inexperienced.
With five juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen, the Lady Hornets will need to see some significant growth if they hope to finish at the top of the NTL standings.
The Wellsboro offense was potent last season, scoring just over six runs a game and topped the ten-run mark on seven separate occasions. With a strong offense, the Hornets will need to continue to score at a high-rate as well as be able to match teams who are equally potent on that end.
The Lady Hornets were able to outscore their opponents on the season by 64 runs but were inconsistent at times as they were on the wrong end of a few big blowouts while serving a few of those up themselves.
The Lady Hornets also allowed over 10 runs in four games and will need to hold opponents to a lower total if they plan on taking the next step. After falling in the first round of the District playoffs, they will need to improve on both sides of the ball if they want to compete for the District Title.
Despite losing the three seniors, the Lady Hornets return a large majority of their top hitters with Jena Boyce set to enter her junior year after one of the top offensive seasons in the NTL, batting .367, with 22 runs scored, 17 RBIs and hit four homeruns on the season. Boyce also was one of the top area base runners with nine steals on the season without being thrown out on any attempts.
The Lady Hornets will also look for some leadership from fellow junior slugger Kerrah Clymer returning after a dominant sophomore campaign that saw her bat .303 with 23 RBIs, the sky's the limit to where her talent could take her and this team in the future.
Clymer proved throughout the year that she has an extremely active bat and will need her to continue to lead the offense. Clymer is a rare mix of power and consistent hitting, as she was able to go yard on five times during the season.