Rebuilding begins: new coach, young squad

 Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

Pictured above are [back row left to right] Assistant Coach Hector Bencomo, Madison Cleveland, Olivia Brown, Megan Henry, Hannah Arne, Sydney Pickard, Taylor Barber, Angel Henke, Sabrina Pruitt and Head Coach Chad Twellman. Front row [left to right] Ashley Hagan, Jasmine McCullough, Tanner Bencomo, Krista Giannakis, Julia Vaughn, Emily Braden, Caylee Martin and Faith Ogden.

Pictured above are [back row left to right] Assistant Coach Hector Bencomo, Madison Cleveland, Olivia Brown, Megan Henry, Hannah Arne, Sydney Pickard, Taylor Barber, Angel Henke, Sabrina Pruitt and Head Coach Chad Twellman. Front row [left to right] Ashley Hagan, Jasmine McCullough, Tanner Bencomo, Krista Giannakis, Julia Vaughn, Emily Braden, Caylee Martin and Faith Ogden.

Elsberry’s new activities director and head girls softball coach Chad Twellman is gearing up for his first year with the Lady Indians.

Twellman’s team will be new and inexperienced due to the loss of six seniors and that lack of experience is something he is already feeling the affects of.

“We have some weaknesses,” said Twellman. “Fundamentally we’ve got to get better.”

One of those weaknesses is in the team’s pitching staff.

“Sabrina Pruitt hasn’t pitched in years because she’s been stuck behind a great pitcher in Becca Almus,” said Twellman. “That hurts her a little bit experience-wise now that she’s a senior and I have to throw her out there.”

That aside, Twellman said Pruitt has the ability to throw hard and he has no doubt she’ll come through for him and for the team.
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