Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS softball team had its first week of games against Inspiration Academy and Naples Gulf Coast.

On Monday, Feb. 21, the Mustangs beat Inspiration Academy 14-1 in a five-inning run rule game. The stands were packed for both teams.

Sophomore pitcher Ella Dodge had her first outing and win as a Mustang and finished the night striking out 10 of the 16 batters.

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Dodge said, “Pitching in my first game was so much fun. I loved being able to compete with my teammates, have a great defense behind me who has my back, and they were also excited for me which was fun.”

On Thursday, Feb. 24, the Mustangs played Naples Gulf Coast and won 15-2. The Mustangs had 17 hits.

Senior Ella Coiner got her first win of the year pitching three innings with three strikeouts.

Coiner added, “I felt nervous at first but once I got a few pitches in, I felt confident. And I have the best defense behind me, so I had nothing to worry about.”

The Mustangs next game is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb 28 at the LRHS softball fields against McKeel Academy.

Softball coach honored by national group

Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS softball coach TJ Goelz roots for the Mustangs.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS softball head coach T.J. Goelz was named a 2022 Double-Goal Coach from the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

A “Double-Goal Coach” is a coach who takes a mastery approach to a sport, teaches athletes with maximum effort, and who continuously learn and improve.

Only 100 coaches across the nation won this award.

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Goelz said, “When I received this nomination, I was tremendously honored as well as extremely excited for our staff. This is a win for all of us and recognizes the incredible amount of time and dedication it takes to be invested in your players and the PCA.”

Goelz was nominated by an athlete and will be considered for the national award.

“With this award, I want to improve as a coach for my team. I want them to know this is a family they will have for a lifetime, that’s what’s most rewarding,” Goelz continued.

Goelz will be recognized at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 at the LRHS softball game against McKeel Academy for his award.