Tonawanda News — “It’s gonna be nice to have not only Rachel, but two other girls who can give her some good support,” said Fox.
Slater will not only add to the rotation, she can play third base and provide a strong presence in the middle of the batting order.
“Haley has a big bat and she is going to be one of our biggest offensive players,” said Fox.
Alex Tyler (C/1B/2B), Sydney Myers (catcher) and Maddie Oliver (OF) also return to help lead the incoming group six new players. “The more you stay positive, I feel, the more you are going to win,” said Becca Toth. “If you go into a game on a negative note then you’ll start bringing people down and you might just bring the entire team down.”
Without question, the work ethic is there. But the Lady Bulldogs know this season is about taking that work ethic and talent and translating them into more wins in the standings. Senior co-captains Gabbie Johns (catcher) and Julia Snitzer (2B/SS) lead a lineup that features seven seniors.
“It’s time to start winning some games,” said new varsity coach Chris Robey, who previously coached the Lady Bulldogs JV team. “So they’ve been working hard.”
Robey has the plus of knowing the girls as they came up through the system and he has experienced coaching the Ken East girls varsity soccer team. Still, Robey knows this new coaching position could present new challenges because players will be seeing him in a different light. But Robey stated the players have made his transition to varsity extremely easy.
“They all know what they expect of me and what I expect of them,” said Robey. “They’ve been doing a great job. We have a great core of seniors. I have seven seniors this year. Our captains have great leadership (skills) they’ve been doing an awesome job so far. So they’ve actually made my transition from JV to varsity a smooth one.”