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Preview: Central Alabama Lady Trojans

Preview: Central Alabama Lady Trojans
The 2016 CACC Softball Team is looking forward to competing for an ACCC Championship and the opportunity to play for an NJCAA Championship in St. George, UT.


Returning for the Trojans this year are Mallory Belyeu (P), Brana Booth (SS), Marisa Osga (C), Destiny Perry (2B) and Kristin Studds (3B).

Belyeu will be counted on in the circle after winning eleven games last year; she looks to build on her 2015 experience. She will be pitching to Osga who is also looking to build upon her success in 2015. Perry and Booth will once again be at the top of the lineup and each hopes to duplicate their success from a season ago. Booth, who was a third team NJCAA All-American centerfielder  last year, is making the transition to shortstop. Studds should once again be one of the premiere defensive third baseman in the ACCC.

Newcomers include: Cheyenne Bryant (OF), Jodie Caldwell (P), Alexa Callahan (3B), Lindsey Donaldson (OF), Kendra Gibbons (1B/3B), Kayla Gravatt (C), Nicole Hoots (UT), Taylor Hutto (1B and will redshirt due to injury), Natalie Johnsey (P), Chelsea Mowery (1B/P), Britney Rice (C/1B), Sabrina Thomas (OF), and Katie Watson (OF).

Johnsey and Caldwell will look to anchor the pitching staff along with Belyeu. Mowery looks to recover in time from an injury to also find time in the circle as well as first base.

In the infield Callahan and Hoots will compete for playing time at the corners. Gibbons will also compete for playing time at the corners and should be a force at the plate.

Freshmen will roam the outfield. Bryant looks to solidify the left field position and Donaldson looks to do the same in center field. Thomas and Watson look to contribute in the outfield as well. Working as a unit and arm strength will be vital to the success of the outfield.

Behind the plate, Rice and Gravatt look to compete with Osga. Both could also see time at first base and designated player.

With nine ACCC Titles to their credit, the Trojans feel the pieces are in place to claim their tenth 
ACCC Championship. Coach Shivers expects his team to compete each time out and to get better as the season progresses.