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29 Feb, 2024
There’s no doubt that last year’s Houston Christian team was the best that audiences have witnessed on the softball diamond in recent memory.
The Mustangs finished the 2023 season with a final record of 18-12, highlighted by an appearance in the SPC State Championship, in which they ultimately fell to fellow powerhouse Episcopal.
That narrow defeat is still fresh in the minds of coach Cassidy Bowen and her team, which feeds into the mentality they possess this Spring.
“We expected our team to make a run for it and play in that game (SPC Championship) last year,” she said. “This year, we’re expecting to go and win that game. We’re back and we didn’t graduate anybody off that team. We’re not going to compete anymore, we’re going to win.”
All-SPC selections Jadyn Granere (Sr. C), MC Been (Jr. CF/1B), and Emily Thompson (Sr. 3B) return to the lineup, and will be complemented efficiently by the talents of Maddie Pickett (Jr. SS), Riley Warnica (Sr. OF/P), and junior 2B Lily Herveat, just to name a few.
“The difference between this year and others is the fact that we just don’t have a weak spot in the lineup,” said Bowen. “Everybody, top to bottom, puts a bat on the ball and can hit with power.”
Their lack of any discernible weaknesses should put the Mustangs in prime position to fulfill their team’s ultimate motivation.
“Our motto for this year’s team is ‘Burn the Ships’,” Bowen said. “We want to leave it all on the field. The senior class this year has been the group that has built what Houston Christian Softball is today, and we’re trying to give them a send-off in a big way.”
With a 6-2 start to the season – highlighted by exceptional initial performances by the aforementioned Granere, Been, and Warnica – it would appear that HCHS is certainly starting off on the right foot.
April’s SPC Championship is already within throwing distance for Coach Bowen and company.
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THE “EYES OF TEXAS" of HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL WILL BE ON THE STATE’S NO. 1 PROSPECT CADE ARRAMBIDE OF TOMBALL HIGH SCHOOL.
Arrambide has all the tools that Major League Baseball scouts are looking for... an incredible velocity off his bat and a 90-mph throw from behind the plate to second-base.
His abilities jump off the tape.
Both a Top 10 national recruit and high school MLB Draft prospect, the Cougar senior catcher is shockingly locked into the “now”.
“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “We have one more shot at winning the whole thing. We have a great coach in Coach (Doug) Rush, who gets us prepared for the postseason. We have a really solid team and if we just stick to what we do, we will have a special year.”
With all the accolades on the internet and on his letter jacket, Arrambide has a target on his back as big at the Lone Star State.
“I try and block out the noise,” he laughed. “But people are going to be people. When we play our rivals, there are going to be kids and fans in the stands chirping, but when it comes down to it... it’s me and the pitcher when I’m at the plate. Every pitch is going to be a battle. If I just stick to what I’ve worked on my whole life, the results will be good.”
The Tomball Cougar is also a member of LSU’s No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. The Tigers won the 2023 College World Series and had the top two picks in the MLB Draft.
“When LSU reached out and offered me two years ago, it’s one of those things where you can’t say no,” he laughed. “LSU has been one of my dream schools and I’ve had family go there. It just felt right. What Coach (Jay) Johnson has done developing hitters, is something I really look forward to.”
He will have a decision to make in June, however, to go to college or the draft. All the work has paid off for Arrambide over the past decade. The countless hours of hitting, throwing and catching. Hundreds of games and thousands of times digging in behind the plate.
“Catching has been my thing since I started playing as a kid,” he said. “Over the years I’ve gotten bigger and stronger, and really learned the position. It’s really who I am and taps into my leadership abilities. I like being the general on the field, coordinating the defense and calling a good game. It puts a lot of responsibility on my plate, but I welcome it."
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29 Feb, 2024
As the Texas High School Softball season is getting close to starting, it's time for fans to pick who they believe should have the honor of being the VYPE HOU Pre-Season Private School Softball Player of the Year Fan Poll Presented By Sun & Ski Sports! Be sure to get your vote in!
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