Lady Dogs hungry for return to playoffs in old classification
THORNDALE—The Thorndale Lady Dogs return to the diamond’s Class A ranks and look to return to the post-season after a two year absence after their stint in 2A.
Coach Lance Betak’s team was just 4-10 last season, so this year’s squad is two better than its previous record.
The Lady Dogs return senior short stop Charity Tatroe and senior left fielder Shelby Pausewang, who were both first team all-district selections last season.
Also returning are juniors catcher Skyler Sumner and center fielder Shelby Anders, along with sophomore infielders Gabby Moreno and Bailee Hilton. All four were second team all-district selections last season.
Thorndale lost no players to graduation, as their was not a senior on the roster last season.
Betak will look at a 1-2 punch at pitcher this year, using junior Charla Leopold and freshman Jordan Schramm. Sumner will do all the catching.
Others on the varsity roster are junior Kamryn Holder and freshmen Savannah Garcia, Peytyn O’Campo, Heather Remmert and Kailey Cargill.
There are several young players on the Lady Dogs squad but they still have a lot of experience.
“We have 10 freshmen in the program and many more of them play outside of the school year. So you could say even though we are young we have a more experienced team than I have had,” Betak said. “We are not making the same mistakes over and over again like we have in the past. We are learning from our mistakes.”
Thorndale finished fourth in the gold bracket of its own tournament over the weekend.
The Lady Dogs defeated Giddings junior varsity and Johnson City in pool play on Thursday, putting them in the gold bracket.
On Saturday, they loss to Normangee in the gold semifinals, then fell to Johnson City in the third place game.
Bosqueville, ranked No. 6 in Class A statewide polls, defeated Normangee for the tournament title.
The Lady Dogs (7-6) opened up District 26A play on Tuesday night at Holland with a resounding 16-1 victory.
Leopold struck out 7 of 9 batters faced in thee innings of work. Tatroe was 2 for 4 at the plate.
The Lady Dogs had 12 players reach base on walks.
“Their pitcher wasn’t getting any close calls and we were patient and did not help her out by swinging at bad pitches,” Betak said. “It makes for a better spring break when you are on the winning side of that game.”
This year’s league schedule is smaller than the last two years, as Thorndale went from an eightteam while in 2A to a six-team district in 1A.
This year’s district includes Thorndale, Bartlett, Georgetown Gateway, Granger, Holland and Thrall.
“I think the district will not be as deep as the 2A district we were in previously,” Betak said. “I think we will be right in the middle of the playoff races when all is said and done.”