The Girls of Summer: Tyrone Softball Commits to Year Round Improvement

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While the Tyrone varsity softball team has not had a winning record in recent years, the current group of Lady Eagles are working hard to turn the program around.  One of the ways the team plans to reach this goal is by practicing and playing all year long. 

“We decided to have a summer team this year to create an opportunity for every girl in Tyrone to become great at the sport of softball and to help achieve goals,” said second year Head Coach Doug Myers, “We didn’t start the summer program to win a bunch of tournaments either. If that happens that will be great, but our main focus and objective is to bring Tyrone High School and the community a winning program that everyone can be proud of.”

We didn’t start the summer program to win a bunch of tournaments either. If that happens that will be great, but our main focus and objective is to bring Tyrone High School and the community a winning program that everyone can be proud of”

— Head Coach Doug Meyers

The summer team consisted of high school players from 9th to 12th grade. They also added current junior high players in 7th and 8th grade, so everyone could get used to playing with each other.

“Our 2018 season will be better because the majority of our varsity team played together over the summer, and we’ve all grown closer. Playing with the same people over the summer will help the upcoming season because we’ve all bonded throughout the summer, and we trust each other,” said sophomore Allysan Jones.

 The girls played in 26 games, and held about 30 practices in the summer to prepare for the upcoming school season.

“We beat some quality teams over the summer and faced some of the best pitchers in central Pennsylvania. As a coaching staff, we were looking for individual improvement from each player and encouraged them to not be afraid to take chances, whether it was trying for an extra base on a hit or to dive for a ball close to them,” said new assistant varsity coach Jim Jones.

At the end of the summer, the players decided they didn’t want to take a break, so they are continuing to practice throughout the fall and this coming winter.  Their hope is that all the hard work will pay off in the spring and Tyrone will build a new tradition of winning in girls softball.

“I would like to see us play as one, and that we’ll win as a team and lose as a team. Also, no matter what we’ll have each other backs,” said freshmen Madison Coleman.

Roster:

7   Cate Baran                  

4   Emily Baran

11  Allysan Jones

40 Emily Lehman

2  Emily Hamer

45 Maci Brodzina

13 Ella Pearson

22 Madison Coleman

8  Lyndsey Fleck

31 Megan Tepsic

12 Sydney Shaw

1   Winnie Grot

24 Erica Hanes

3  Grace Gensimore

20 Callie Maceno

19 Lindsey Walk

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