Eleven of the 12 players on the BW varsity roster are juniors or seniors, including 10 returning letter-winners, making the Golden Eagles primed for a run at an OCC-Capital title.
“We’re very senior-led — we have seven seniors on the roster this year,” Golden Eagles coach Jeff Hatfield said. “We’ve got a lot of experience coming back. Our No. 1 goal is to win the league in our new division and also we want to win a district title this year.”
Seniors Jessica Coletta (catcher), Katie Neff (right field), Taryn Hammond (third base) and Kasey Becker (first base/second base) are back for their last go-around.
Juniors Meredith Thomas (shortstop), Emma Schwinne (second base), Stacey Walters (left field/pitcher) and Alexyss Bullock (first base) and sophomore Jocelyn Lucas (centerfield) also return.
“I’m excited about where we’re at so far and I’m excited about the leadership that we have,” Hatfield said.
Senior Alex Thomas (pitcher), who spent her first three seasons at Newark Catholic, joins sister Meredith on the squad. She was on the first team of the Licking County League’s Cardinal Division last season and was honorable mention All-State as a freshman.
“(Alex Thomas and Walters) will both share time in the circle,” Hatfield. “(Alex Thomas) is very athletic and she brings a lot of leadership and a lot of experience to the table for us.”
Seniors Bella Holderby (utility) and Mariah Chattos (utility) will provide the Eagles with depth.
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