A sign of great teams is being solid up the middle. Coach David Denny is a believer in that philosophy and is blessed with some defensive talent to keep opponents honest.
Cameron Cauley (Texas Tech) and Raithen Malone (Temple) are super slick middle infielders, while Trevor Bates (LeTourneau) is solid behind the plate. Hunter Mercer is going to need a big season on the mound and in the outfield for the Eagles to make school history by reaching the Regional Finals.
Simon Larranaga (Temple) can play either corner positions and will be a big stick in the lineup. Port Neches-Groves, Galena Park, and Crosby will push the Eagles in district play.
Barbers Hill once again has the talent to make a legitimate run in the playoffs. Reaching the Regional Finals is something they have done in four of the last six seasons. The 2020 campaign could have been their fourth-straight trip.
Aaron Fuller brings back the talented duo of Sophia Simpson and Samantha Landry, who have signed to Texas and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Simpson, who will be the ace in the circle for the Eagles, is the No. 9 and Landry is No. 37 in the country by Softball America for the Class of 2021.
The talent doesn't stop there for Barbers Hill. Pitcher and outfielder Kaitlyn Dutton (Texas State), pitcher and first baseman Faith Guidry (Michigan State), and catcher Amber Thibodeaux (East Texas Baptist University) are also back in the lineup. This team still has a sour taste in their mouths from 2019 falling in the Regional Final to Angleton and they are ready to get back to State.