Cardinal Couple Collaborative Southpaw Special Squad
We'll start on the diamond. We have three full lefties on the Softball Squad.
A sophomore this year, Jordan saw action last year as a freshman, with appearances in 24 games, and 15 starts at either first base, or in the outfield. Seemingly a specialist in triples, tying for the team lead, she almost had a cycle in one game, lacking just a single in the attempt. Jordan is a local, playing high school ball at Mercy Academy
A senior leader on the team, co-captain last year, "Mo" played in 45 games last year, with 37 starts in the outfield. A real speedster, Meyer has found a home in the outfield, covering acres of grass to deny hitters their success. Before making her presence known in the outfield, she frequently made base running appearances, taking advantage of her quickness and speed to advance on even marginal hits. Morgan is definitely a country girl at heart, but also hails from the Derby city, and also is a Mercy graduate.
To round out the true-lefty softballers, Jordan McNary shares a lot of traits with Morgan Meyer. She's a senior speedster that patrols the outfield, appeared in 45, started 38. She also tied with Vorbrink for triples. Also a Kentuckian, McNary hails from Madisonville, and went to Hopkins County Central HS.
To the wide net, and another trio of lefties.
From Hannibal MO, and Hannibal High School, Gabbie Wiley had a great year as a defensive and serving specialist for the Cardinal squad that generally struggled through the year. Gabbie played in a more attacking role in high school, and has taken a couple of years to adjust to playing a more defensively oriented role on the team, but came into her own this year, with several matches where she equalled Libero Molly Sauer's dig totals, with only half the rotations to do it in. In service, the left-handed serve puts a different spin on the ball which tends to cause serve receive problems. Notre Dame seemed particularly hapless this season in handling the southpaw spin. Gabbie also was on the ACC Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll, as a pre-med student, no less. Gabbie was a junior this year.
The Cardinals primary setter this year, Kali also hails from Missouri, but from the city of fountains, Kansas City. Kali initially committed to and enrolled at Kansas State, but after a redshirt freshman year, transfers to UofL to continue her career. Eaken struggled with several injuries throughout the season, which limited her playing appearances some, but the impact when she was on the court was significant.
"THREEEEEEEEEEEEE 'Z'" is already a common refrain from Cardinal PA guy Sean Moth. This freshman sharpshooter hails from the venerable Christ The King high school in New York. Zambrotta, who has also bolstered the ranks of the Cardinal Couple All-Syd/Sid/Szyd team, has already seem some clutch minutes, but we should only expect her contributions to grow as she progresses through her freshman year and further. At Christ The King, Sydney also played Soccer in the fall, and Lacrosse in the spring, keeping busy all year around.
Some Honorable Mentions
Lillie Goetz and Sidney Melton both bat left handed. Frequently you'll see right handers bat left handed in Softball to be "slappers", but Lillie swings for power from the left side, with a pair of home runs in as many games, both grand slams, no less. Sidney Melton also doesn't just slap at the ball, tallying some triples in the 2016.
An unusual combination, Nicole Pufahl (who's last name I still can't spell right without checking), throws left handed and bats right handed. This suggests that she may be predominantly left handed, but learned to bat (with some serious power as well) right handed at some point. Why? We're not sure, but we're OK with it.
Today's broadcast will be pre-empted by "Baking with Paulie." We'll be highlighting turnovers in today's baking show. Do check it out, it should be a bunch of fun on WCHQ FM 100.9 or streaming at http://www.crescenthillradio.org. As useless as I am in the kitchen, I'll be fetching coffee.