2018 UL Softball Preview: Catchers
The 15th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team opens up their 2019 regular season schedule on Thursday, February 7, taking on Fordham in the first day of play in the Ragin' Cajuns Classic at Lamson Park.
This week, I'll preview this year's squad, as we look ahead toward the upcoming season.
Today, I look at the catchers:
Louisiana seems to have always had a good catcher, but not a lot of depth.
That is not the case this season.
Senior Lexie Comeaux, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection, returns for her final season.
A native of Tomball, Texas, Comeaux hit a .303 last season, to go along with 6 home runs and 32 runs batted in.
As a sophomore in 2017, a year in which she garnered second-team All-Sun Belt, All-Louisiana, and NFCA All-Central Region honors, Comeaux hit a .333, to go along with 10 homers and 48 runs batted in.
A converted infielder, Comeaux has also did a great job, defensively, behind the plate, and provides experience, leadership, and consistency at a position in which all are greatly needed.
Junior Julie Rawls will join Comeaux behind the plate this season.
A converted outfielder, Rawls hit a .296 with 10 homers and 36 RBI's for Northwestern St. last season.
A tremendous athlete with a cannon for an arm, Rawls may very well be the first-ever left-handed catcher in UL softball history.
Comeaux and Rawls both have versatility, so both could be in the lineup at the same time.
Speaking of versatility, sophomore Tiana Patrick, a transfer from Santa Ana College, is also an option at catcher.
A native of Eastvale, California, Patrick played catcher, shortstop, and second base for Santa Ana last season, hitting a .352, while stealing 19 bases.
Need an emergency catcher? How about shortstop Alissa Dalton, the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year? People forget; she was the starting catcher at Oklahoma in 2017.
Now, you don't want Dalton catching unless absolutely necessary, as she is the starting shortstop. That being said; she is quite the emergency option.
Again, the group of catchers are not only talented, but also very deep.
From the likes of Tiffany Whittall, to Joy Webre, to Lana Bowers, to Sarah Draheim, to Lexie Elkins; UL has a proud tradition of outstanding catchers.
This year's catchers will likely continue that tradition, with a group that will likely make most programs around the country very envious.