Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS junior Cassidy McLellan is one of America’s top softball players

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The only problem with being a state champion and high school All-American is…. What do you do next? I am on an all-time athletic “high,” but what do people expect now?

During the 2021 LRHS championship softball season, I batted .542 with 15 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 59 runs scored and 42 runs batted in.

However, 2022 is a new year. I can’t live on old numbers, but I can’t help thinking about what people will think if I do not match or top those numbers.

There is a team aspect to this, too.

We are now all going to have huge targets on our backs. Everyone is going to want to knock down last year’s state champions.

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Due to this, we need to be better than last year.

Varsity head coach TJ Goelz said, “We have the best lineup in the state and one of the best in the country. If we pitch well and play good defense, we will be very tough to beat.“

We must believe this, too. It is one thing for our coach to think it, but we must trust it, too.

Having a target on our backs could be intimidating but I think it will be beneficial for us. I think it will make us want to work harder and prove how good we are to everyone.

But for now, the only thing we can do is show up to practice and get better. Our coach is big on trusting the process, if we do that, I think we will be successful.

2022 softball roster announced

Olivia Ryan– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The 2021-2022 LRHS varsity softball team has been announced.

The team is as follows:

  • Sydney McCray
  • Taylor Shepard
  • Kelsey Vogel
  • Jayla Daoust
  • Ella Coiner
  • Grace Hogie
  • Cassidy McLellan
  • Addyson Bruneman
  • Olivia Ryan
  • Amanda Lee
  • Natalie Crestani
  • Peyton Knight
  • Naomi Whinery
  • Ali Thomas
  • Danika Best
  • Ella Dodge
  • Grace Shaw-Rockey
  • Leah James

The Mustangs first game of the season will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at home against Inspiration Academy.