If there is one thing The Woodlands’ softball team has plenty of this year, it’s youth. With one third of the team made up of underclassmen and half of the roster made up of juniors, seniors are a bit of a minority in the dugout.
Leah Starkweather is just one of the two seniors on The Woodlands’ roster and the only senior regularly in the starting lineup. click here for complete story
At the field where so many teams had seen their comeback efforts fall just short, it was Oak Ridge who had took care of The Woodlands in dramatic fashion, winning against their District 16-6A rivals 3-2 at Highlander Field on Tuesday.
Up by just one run in the bottom of the seventh, Oak Ridge starter Jessica Rodriguez almost had her solid outing undone, as Lady Highlander Aalyis Seneca led off with a double. The next batter, Kaitlyn Stavinoha, moved Seneca over with a sacrifice bunt. With one out, and a runner on third, it looked as though The Woodlands was about to tie the game at 3 apiece.
That was until Abby Langkamp hit a ground ball up the middle that was fielded cleanly and thrown to catcher Amanda Cunniff at home, who tagged pinch runner Kayla McCallum. click here for complete story
The Woodlands softball team will open the season No. 5 state-ranked by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
The Lady Highlanders were one of five Houston area teams ranked in the top 10 of Class 6A by the organization on Wednesday. The Woodlands finished 39-4 overall last year, falling to Deer Park in the Class 5A state final 8-2. Deer Park checks in at No. 1 in the poll. Pearland is No. 3, Alvin is No. 8 and Katy Cinco Ranch is No. 9. The Lady Highlanders return all but five players off of last year’s state final’s squad. click here for complete story