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 pitchers and catchers.
Al Thomas’ 2018 squad features seven pitchers, including three lefties in the circle. Three pitchers return from last season, including senior Danielle Easterly who pitched in 28 games last season with an 8-9 record, and an ERA of 3.52. Easterly led the team in ERA among eligible pitchers, and struck out a team high 53 batters.
Lindsye Jefferson also returns as a sophomore after going 7-4 in the circle with a 4.65 ERA as a true freshman in 2017. The final returner is Zoie LaVergne who saw action in 12 games last season.
On the newcomer side, the Wolves have three true freshman and a returner who are expected to see time in the circle this season. Raya Moncus is the lone transfer, as she comes to West Georgia from Tallahassee Community College. The McDonough native prepped at Ola High School, and was 19-23 with a 3.11 ERA and 144 strikeouts in two seasons at Tallahassee CC.
Katie Foote is a true freshman who prepped at North Oconee High School. The lefty is a former Region 8-AAAA Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, freshman Lexi Close who is primarily a first basemen for the Wolves will also get a chance to pitch this season as will another freshman, Alley Taylor, who is expected to be the Wolves’ opening day starter at shortstop.
The Wolves have a pair of newcomers expected to share time behind the plate this season. Allie Parkerson come to the Wolves after a stellar prep career at First Presbyterian Day in Macon. Parkerson was named a GACA All-Star as a senior.
Mallory Walker is a junior college transfer who spent two seasons at Snead State. The Cullman, Ala. native enjoyed a stellar career at Snead State, being named First Team All-Region and First Team North Division as well as being named to the All-ACCC Tournament Team. Walker hit .322 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI as a sophomore for Snead 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.