One of the strongest aspects of GMC Prep softball this year could be the pitching staff, as Brooker will utilize five pitchers this season, led by two juniors, Macy Watkins, 2012 All-County Player of the Year, and Dixie Raley.
“We look for leadership from them, but I do have some younger pitchers that will be stepping up,” Brooker said. “Depth in the pitching category is every coach’s dream. I don’t think you can go deep and go all the way without a deep pitching staff.”
Adding to the already deep lineup, Brooker believes Sinclair Harding, sophomore, and Keely Murner, junior, could sneak into two of the starting positions this season due to their overall athleticism.
“I’m really excited about another junior of ours, Keely Murner,” she said. “I’m just looking for her to sneak up on some people. It’s nice to have another junior who can provide leadership.”
The Lady Bulldogs play a tough schedule this fall, but Brooker hopes to keep the girls focused on each game and pay attention to the details along the way.
“I’m going to try my best to keep the team focused one game at a time. It doesn’t do anybody good to look ahead,” she said. “We do have a really strong schedule. We’re going to play some teams that made deep runs in the state tournament last year.”
GMC Prep kicks off its tough season at home, taking on Eagles Landing at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.