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Welcome to the 2022 softball season.
The season got started last week with non-district games beginning across the city. VYPE has previewed 22 public school teams in the city.
Check out the season preview for the No. 2 Clear Springs Chargers.
The reigning District 24-6A Champions will be one not to tangle with in 2022.
The Chargers went 31-2 overall a year ago and reached the Region III-6A Finals, falling to eventual Class 6A State Champion Deer Park. Clear Springs brings back eight starters as they seek a sixth-straight trip to the postseason in 2022.
LSU-commit Emma Strood will lead the group after being the District MVP, a TGCA All-State selection and NFCA All-American pick last year. Strood was 21-0 as a starter with a 0.52 ERA and 234 strikeouts. She also led the team in RBIs (31), doubles (10) and home runs (6).
Along with Strood, Anna Soles (Kansas-commit) will provide the other part of the one-two punch in the circle after going 8-0 with a 1.63 ERA.
Other players to take note of include Claire Pollack (UT Dallas), Grace Lee (Carnegie Mellon), Ashley Walker (UT Dallas), Emma King and Bailey Botier.
They keys to success for 10th-year coach Jennifer Knight (175-104) include pitching and “aggressive hitting and baserunning”.
The Chargers will lean on their “Iron Sharpens Iron” motto in 2022 and punch their ticket to state.
If it's arms you are looking for, look no farther than Clear Springs. The District 24-6A power has hopes of parlaying its loaded bullpen into a district title and beyond. Coach Chris Floyd enters his 14th year as a head coach with big expectations.
With the staff of seniors Cory Patterson and Levi Ewert along with juniors Connor Habhab and Jacob Wingard, the Chargers are flush. The infield is on point with junior Jose Vargas (Houston) flashing the leather at short, while Parker Lee and Jordan Boothe hold down the corners.
Nash McMahon is a flash in the outfield. Dickinson, Clear Creek, and Clear Falls will be Clear Springs' biggest competition for the district title but pitching usually wins championships.
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