Emory & Henry will look to replace some key losses from last season. The lineup will look different this year without having E&H all-time career putouts leader Taylor Doss in the heart of the lineup. Others include Alyssa Clark and Hannah Bays.
E&H will also look to replace two key pitchers as they lose both Taylor Banner and Kaitlyn Pruitt. Banner started 23 games and had 4 complete games and 1 shutout to go with it, also pitching over 100 innings.
This year, E&H will look to rely on both experience and youth this season. The Wasps will depend on 10 upperclassmen, with 6 seniors and 4 juniors to help carry the load. E&H will also welcome in 5 first-year. Newcomers are Caitlyn Yates, Lyndsay Boyd, Courtney Herron, Tiffany Cole, and Alex Thomas. With just a little over half of the team being underclassmen (11-10), there may be some growing pains here and there for the Wasps this season. E&H has three pitchers listed on the depth chart, however junior Emily Kendrick is the only upperclassmen listed at that position. The other two include first-year’s Tiffany Cole and Caitlyn Yates (although Kaitlyn is listed as a utility player also).
With the season quickly approaching for the Wasps. They open the season on a weekend starting February 18 and 19 at the Piedmont Classic with four games. The Wasps first three opponents will be Piedmont College, Millsaps College, and Greensboro College. For head coach Tommy Forrester, he was already eager to get started with practice in January.
He commented after the Emory & Henry Fall Showcase, “It should be a fun spring in Emory! I wish it were already January and we could start practicing for the regular season. This team loves to compete and has such high character, and they are fun to coach and I know our fans will enjoy seeing them play.”
– Will Seidel