CARROLLTON, Ga. – The UWG Softball season is upon us as the Wolves are set for the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Ala. as West Georgia is set to play five games in three days. With that being said, uwgsports.com brings you a preview of the outfield.
While the majority of the outfield may have a new look this season, one returner coming back is Peyton Stallworth who anchors left field for head coach Al Thomas. Stallworth was second on the team in average last season, batting .354 while also hitting eight doubles, slugging four homers and driving in 37 RBI.
Trinity Kirkland also returns from last season as the Douglasville native hit .231 with four homers as a freshman in 2017.
Coach Thomas has a host of freshmen ready to make a difference in their first collegiate seasons. Madison Slappey and Sydney Smith are both expected to see time at center field this season. Smith hit .324 for her career in high school with 15 home runs while Slappey was a GACA All-Star and All-State selection as a senior at Houston County. Abbey Thomason is another freshman who brings speed to the base paths for the Wolves.
The lone junior college transfer in the outfield is Beatriz Cardoza, who comes to UWG after two seasons at Northwest Florida State.
West Georgia is set to take on Eckerd and Miles on Friday to open the season and then will face Nova Southeastern and Young Harris on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend against Barry on Sunday.