Mocs Softball Must Count on Freshmen Heading Into New Season
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Too bad the UTC softball season didn’t open the season on Wednesday.
Perfect softball weather to say the least.
Instead, the Mocs have to wait until Friday as they open their season in a tournament in Troy, Alabama. But given how the pandemic wiped out most all of last year, Chattanooga is likely ready to play in any weather.
Mocs coach Frank Reed says the UTC softball locker room sat dormant for six months because of COVID. Imagine how eager the team is to finally play ball again.
Said pitcher Brooke Parrott:”Everybody is super excited because it has been like a year since we’ve actually played a real game against another team. So everybody is really excited about it.”
The excitement is tempered just a bit.
It appears UTC is losing slugger and Chattanooga native Kaili Phillips, who transferred from the Lady Vols.
Said Reed:’Kaili has some issues with her shoulder, and we thought we were working through that, but I think maybe as far as surgery, we’re still looking at that possibility. She’s not traveling with us this weekend. Get some more feedback from the professionals I guess you say. But it looks like we’re going to lose her for the year.”
Brooke Parrott is another Chattanooga native who has transferred in, and she’ll be counted on to lead the Mocs pitching staff.
Said Haleigh Weissenbach:”All I know is she’s a really hard pitcher to hit off of. Her rise ball is really amazing. She brings a lot of heat. You never know what your’e going to get from her.”
The Mocs will need their freshmen to be amazing because several will suit up this season.
Said Weissenbach:”Yeah we’re going to have a little bit of growing pains, but to be honest, we have so much depth on this team, and so much talent that even though they’re freshmen, softball doesn’t know their age. Only we do. They haven’t shown their age at all.”
Normally seven SoCon teams make the league tournament, but this year, only four will qualify for the SoCon Tourney.
Said Weissenbach:”This year it’s just going to make the season even harder and more competitive. I’m really excited for it. I feel bad for the other three teams that are going to have to compete for that other spot.”