Holy Trinity softball excited about new district, classification
The Holy Trinity softball team should be a contender for the district title and possibly a deep playoff run after changing districts and classifications this season.
The Holy Trinity Tigers will find themselves playing in a new district and a new classification for softball this season.
And that could really work to their benefit.
While Holy Trinity lost nine players from last year’s team, the Tigers have brought in just as many seventh graders. That influx of young talent, combined with eight returners, has the team thinking a strong postseason run is possible.
Under the FHSAA’s new classification system, the Tigers will drop from Class 5A to Class 2A for the next two years and compete in District 7 along with the Brevard HEAT, Merritt Island Christian, Covenant Christian and the City of Life Christian Academy of Kissimmee.
“I really think we’re going to go far this year,” junior Isabella Tomasura said. “Even though we have a young team, it’s going to be good.
“These seventh graders are so athletic … and some of these girls already play travel ball, so that’s a plus.”
Tomasura highlights a list of returners that also includes juniors Shea Dimmer and Claire Jackering; seniors Adiya McDougle, Morgan Bierbrunner, Anaya Lopez and Jordan Blair and eighth-grade pitcher Cali Perillo.
Among the seventh graders are pitchers Brooke Samuels and Bebe Stockton who, along with Dimmer, should give the Tigers plenty of arms to get through the season as the younger players continue to develop.
“They’re athletic people in general, so I don’t think they’re going to have a hard time picking up how to play the sport well,” McDougle said of the seventh graders.
Tigers coach John Clarson feels his team can be very competitive in its new district as well as its new classification. With the number of young players, Holy Trinity probably is not going to be known as a power-hitting team.
“I think we’re going to end up having to play more small ball, so we’re able to put the ball in play and create opportunities,” he said.
Tomasura, who has battled injuries the past two seasons, is not only healthy, but believes that her fielding, and particularly her hitting, have improved since last season.
McDougle also believes she will be better at the plate.
“I’m making (more) contact and it’s going a lot farther,” she said. “I feel like this year will be good for me.”
It could be a good year for all the Tigers if things go as planned and the team comes together as the season goes along.
“We’re not going to start off the best,” Tomasura said. “We’re definitely going to grow together. With the huge age gap, we’re not super close yet. But it will get there, and then that will make us stronger as a team, as a winning team.”