Lindbergh softball team lead by a solid group of seniors this season

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By Stephen Glover, For the Call

Lindbergh softball is relying on its senior class to lead the rest of the team through the season.

“We’ve got a good solid group of seniors back so things are looking up for us,” Lindbergh head coach Darin Scott said. “It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen after such an odd year last year but I think we’re going to be competitive for a conference championship.”

The most lethal bat in the Flyers lineup belongs to senior Morgan Goodrich who was not only an all-state selection in 2020, but she’s recently committed to play at Indiana State upon graduation. Goodrich batted a whopping .722 batting average while racking up seven doubles, two triples and one home run. Goodrich is also dangerous on the base paths as she recorded 10 stolen bases last year.

“Morgan’s coming off an all-state year and she’s now committed to Indiana State,” Scott said. “We’re looking for even bigger things to come from her this year.”

At third base for the Flyers will be senior Emme Atzemis. Last season Atzemis batted .500 with seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 19 RBI.

“Emme’s game has steadily improved every year since her freshman season,” Scott said. “She’s going to be really rock solid for us at third base this year.”

Senior Hayden Cochran will see action at catcher as well as first base. In 2020 Cochran hit .349 with three doubles, 13 RBI and four stolen bases.

“Hayden is a very versatile player that’s a tremendous athlete who is at her strongest behind the plate and at first base,” Scott said. “She’s been real solid for us as a four year starter.”

In the outfield for the Flyers will be senior Alexa Smalling. As a junior Smalling batted .303 with 10 RBI and five stolen bases.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her in the outfield and she’s already hitting the ball really well,” Scott said. “I’m very excited to see what she does this season.”

At starting pitcher as well as seeing time in the outfield is Anastasia Olsen, who went 1-1 last season from the pitching circle.

“Anastasia is a solid player that has the ability to play multiple positions for us,” Scott said. “She’s made some adjustments over the Summer and is primed to have a big season for us.”

Senior C.J. Heathman will take on the second base duties for the Flyers after batting .281 with three RBI.

“C.J. is such a great teammate to have on this year’s team,” Scott said. “She’s the kind of player that provides a lot of support for everyone on the team.”

Emily Wright will appear at catcher as well as the outfield for the Flyers. Last season the junior batted .353 with two doubles, two triples and eight RBI.

“Emily made some adjustments over the Summer and we look for some big things from her this year,” Scott said. “She has a very impressive arm behind the plate for us.”

The Flyers head coach is also looking forward to seeing how freshman pitcher Gabby McBride and outfielder/catcher Allie Waldron make an impact on this year’s lineup.

“Gabby’s very talented and is going to be tested right away right out of the box, but we’re very excited to have her on the team this year,” Scott said. “Allie has some big shoes to fill with her sister Sam graduating last year. But I honestly think that she’s capable of filling them because she has such a passion for the game of baseball.”

The Flyers host Seckman on Aug. 30.