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Georgetown College softball coach Thomas Thornton graduated only two, albeit two very important, pieces to this past seasons 31-15 team. While his youthful bunch did get a lot of experience in 2012, the veteran coach is adding six more players to next year's roster to hopefully add much needed depth.
"Through injuries and transfers we ended up with just 12 this past season, but we really saw those 12 come together and do some really great things," Thornton said. "It's always hard to see a class go and in the past two seasons I've lost four players on which I really counted. Michelle (Dresselhaus) will be tough to replace in the circle for her experience and dominance, but I thought we really saw freshman pitcher Kayla Williams come along nicely this spring. Then just like losing Whitney (Ealey) at third base in 2011, I lose Jordan (Clemons) who has been my shortstop since her freshman year.
"I have signed five freshmen that have a wide range of talent and a junior college transfer that can also bring great experience to the team right away."
Thornton, entering his 11th season at the helm of the Tigers, signed Meagan Tinch, Marissa Massie, Shelby Engle, Kelsey Krueger, Emily Snow and Alexis Bahl.
Krueger, the junior college player from North Idaho College, hales from California and is a shortstop that could help to fill the gap left by Clemons.
Tinch (Dayton, OH) and Engle (Amelia, OH) are two more pitchers to shore up the rotation and provide options for Thornton in the circle. The tandem joins senior reliever and situational starter Katie Mann, who also plays first base and designated hitter, as well as sophomore Williams.
"Meagan and Shelby along with Kayla and Katie give me a lot of depth in a pitching staff," Thornton said. "This fall it will be important for me to find the right use for a good rotation going into our spring season."
Massie has been a first baseman for Daviess County High School, which went 21-16 this past season, will be a utility player for Thornton. Bahl (Dayton, OH) also fits into the utility role.
"It's nice to bring in players so versatile that I can use wherever I might need them," Thornton said. "One of my best players, Chelsea Riney, came in as a player I could count on no matter where I put her. She moved to outfield for the first time ever her freshman year; and she ended up in center field this past season as the anchor replacing four-year starter Rachel Johnson."
Snow hales from Indianapolis and is an outfielder and third baseman, giving Thornton much needed depth at both positions.
"With just 12 players, adding numbers gives us depth everywhere," the veteran coach said. "If these six can come in and gel with my
returners, we have a lot of potential for the 2013 season. I'm very excited about this team."
Signees pictured in following order: Tinch, Massie, Engle, Krueger, Snow and Bahl.
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