Mocs Softball Must Count on Several Freshmen For 2022 Season
The UTC softball season is less than a month away. The Mocs are looking to bounce back from a tough season last year when they went 13-25. If Chattanooga is going to show improvement in 2022, they’ll have to do it with several new faces.
Frank Reed enters his 21st year as the UTC softball coach. He may have to use a lot of his coaching expertise early. His squad has 8 freshmen.
Said Reed:”I think they’re going to do well. Mature beyond their age I think.”
Said pitcher Brooke Parrott:”We all fit in so well together. So we kind of all feel like we’re the same age really.” (chuckles)
Said outfielder Gracey Kruse:”Honestly it’s a lot better than expected because they have brought a lot of different talents and utilities to the team. We’re going to benefit greatly from them being out there.”
Youth can be a challenge sometimes, but Coach Reed believes the new kids will add to a deep roster.
Said Reed:”So we’ve actually moved some players that started in roles for us last year. Moved them to new positions. So that tells us that we’re a little stronger to be able to do that kind of stuff. We’ve moved a middle infielder twice. Last year and again this year. Just to gather some strengths.”
Brooke Parrott is excited to see more arms on the pitching staff.
Said Parrott:”I think we’ll be able to use all of our pitchers this year. Everybody seems pretty consistent. So I’m really looking forward to that. Just to give different teams different looks.”
The Mocs offense sure needs a power boost. They played 38 games last year and hit only 13 homers.
Said Reed:”Our kids got really strong. We pressed them in our workout room.”
Said Kruse:”Girls that you don’t expect are going to come out and surprise you. We’ve got some small girls, but they’ve got mighty bats.”