Christie Collie is entering her inaugural season as Tolar softball coach with confidence.
And understandably so. She has nine players returning from last season’s 10-19 squad that was 5-9 in district.
The Lady Rattlers are in a new district this season (10-2A), and Collie believes her team will make a serious challenge to get to the postseason for the first time since moving up to 2A in 2010.
“I am predicting that we will be in the top three,” said Collie.
The top three teams in district will advance to the playoffs.
Back for the Lady Rattlers are senior Bailey Holt, juniors Ali Isom (.370 average), Hailey Webb, Reagan Mabery, Kayla Bonnell, Mariah Davis and Carson King (.421), and sophomores Staci Ashley (.405, 5 doubles, 9 RBIs, 12 stolen bases) and Taya Vasquez (.486, 16 RBIs).
Ashley was a first-team all-district choice as pitcher last season, and Vasquez was second-team as third baseman/pitcher.
As for newcomers, Collie said she has 11 freshmen, and any one could make an impact on the team.
“One of our strengths is our ability to play multiple positions. This impresses me,” she said.
“The game of softball is about who is mentally prepared. These girls are ready.”