When it comes to youth, the Fightin' Chicks seem to be relying on more of it. Sure, it is a great foundation for a team, and by no means do I think they will have a season to forget. But, my money is still on softball.
Last fall, the Lady Chicks reached the state final with a freshman pitcher in Gore, and they have retained almost all of their team. Their line-up of Gore, Snyder and Keeley Cauthen provides a great backbone to a talented squad.
Gore is also lethal from the plate, a great power hitter to balance the opening line-up with the more experienced Tawn Neidy and Shorty Clift. Throughout the batting order, players like Tristin Watkins, Tori Smith, and Amanda Bradford can make it difficult for teams to catch a break. In the Lady Chicks, you have a team that is more than capable of stringing together hits multiple times in a game, and that is nearly impossible to defend.
Again, this has not been the case all summer. Even head coach Dennis Furr has admitted he knows his team can hit the ball, but often times make it difficult for themselves. But, the late surge of offense cannot be ignored, especially when it continued on Chickasha's trip to Denver. This team is on a high, and the summer has provided them great momentum with the start of the season not all that far away.
There is a drive in the entire team to go one better this fall and lift the national title. After coming so close last season and many of the players knowing the pain of just barely missing out on a coveted trophy, they'll be doing everything they can to make sure it doesn't happen again.