by Catherine Garrett
Fourteen underclassmen make up the 20-member squad for the Woods Cross High softball team this year under new coach Casey Plowman.
“The team this year is very young,” Plowman said. “We just have one senior [Syd Wood], who we are excited to have come back. My freshman class is large and is bringing in a lot of talent. This year I don’t have a few key players. It’s going to take all of us to win.”
Plowman is focusing on team unity as well as “helping form these girls into better people and not just better softball players as they work towards team goals of: winning and losing as a team and utilizing their speed offensively and defensively.
So far this season, Woods Cross has defeated Juan Diego 13-1.
Also on the 2018 squad are juniors Niki Golightly, Nicole Lavender, Julana Te’o, and Jess Wall; sophomores Ari Ayala, Sadie Bevan, Madi Durrant, Sara Morrison, Miranda Platt, Kaidan Sudbury and Veronica Teaford; and freshmen Elizabeth Busdicker, Autumn Johnson, Amelia Kurban, Maci Larkin, Mekenna Trader, Jade Valdez and Krysten Yoho.
Plowman is being assisted by John Sorensen, Kelsey Memmott and Cyd Allen on the coaching staff with Jordin Tapusa as team manager while Cris Plowman and Kyle Lavender is handling scorekeeping and stats.
The team is also scheduled for region home-and-away games with Viewmont, Box Elder, Bountiful and Roy as well as matchups with Roy, Logan, Taylorsville and Northridge. The Wildcats will also play in the Davis County Invitational Apr. 21.
The 5A state tournament will be held May 15-24.