Softball Preview – Rockwood Summit and Webster Groves – July 27, 2022 – Scoops with Danny Mac | Hot Mobile Press

We head to the Diamond to preview some of the softball teams set to make some waves in the upcoming fall season. Both Rockwood Summit and Webster Groves have traditionally been in talks to hit a long run at the state tournament, and this year should be no different.

The Falcons will have a familiar face taking over the program as longtime assistant Chad Jones will lead the team this year as he welcomes a standout core group from a 2021 campaign in which Summit won 28 games. Abby Ulsas returns to the lineup after hitting .429 last season, while Sami Scholtz will lead the pitching team after a 13-1 year in circles last season.

The Statesmen are bringing back five starters from last year’s roster as head coach Bryan Gibson will be counting on them to lead a young group that’s had a stellar summer. Faith Lowery will return to lead the pitching team for Webster Groves after posting a 12-9 record with a 3.77 earned run average last year. Ava Fitzgibbon will move to infield this season after playing outfield as she had a .373 batting average with nine extra base hits in the 2021 season.

Rockwood Summit Falcons

  • Head Coach – Chad Jones
  • Record at school – 0-0 in the first year.
  • Conference – suburban yellow
  • Record 2021 – 28-3
  • Returning Starters: Abby Ulsas, Skylar Zentner, Sami Scholtz, Maria Scotti
  • Returning Players: Abby Ulsas – 1st Team All Conf, All-District and All-Region. 2nd Team All-State in 2021, 1st Team All-State in 2020.
  • Skylar Zentner – 2nd Team All Conf, 1st Team All District, 2nd Team All Region 2021.
  • Sami Scholtz – 1st team all districts, 2nd team all regions 2021.
  • Maria Scotti – Year 2 starter
  • Players to watch Ali Sandler – Junior – Has loads of speed and switched to left-handed full-time. She was able to steal more than 15 bases this season. She will play in the outfield this season.

Season Outlook: “We should be very competitive this year,” said Jones. “We have a real number one pitcher and a solid freshman class of four to five players who will contribute immediately. We also just have a great group of kids who I’m confident will play hard by their own standards and will play together.

Statesmen from Webster Groves

  • Head Coach – Bryan Gibson
  • Record at school – 262-220 in 18 years
  • Conference – Suburban Red
  • Record 2021 – 16-21
  • Returning Starters: Ava Fitzgibbon, Emery McReynolds, Bailey Allen, Olivia Perry, Faith Lowry
  • Returning Players: Ava Fitzgibbon is our last holdout from the 2020 championship team. She was the freshman left fielder who finished ninth, now she will likely be our shortstop and take second or third place in our lineup. Faith Lowry will lead the pitching team. She was all-conference last year and we’re looking for a little more this year. She has good stuff and is working hard to learn how to be a little bit more of a pitcher.
  • Emery McReynolds will pair with Fitzgibbon in the infield. She started all 36 games last year at shortstop as a freshman. She is an easygoing, smart ball player and a true leader. She also got a little exposure to the last four baseball teams as a freshman.
  • Players to Watch: I’m excited to see the off-season and summer teamwork pay off for Olivia Perry and Claire Boyle. They will both catch and play the outfield. Her maturity and bats have both grown by leaps and bounds.

Season Outlook: “This could be a tough year for us at the Victory Column, but we’ve had a great summer and the kids are looking forward to getting started here in a few weeks,” said Gibson. “There is good energy in this group as we wrap up summer activities. We’ve completed classes of 11, 12 and 9 over the past three years that have taken us to a Quarterfinals, a Championship and a tough district loss to eventual champion Washington. This will be the true new generation, adopting and reestablishing our programming culture and work ethic. Hopefully they’ll add their own twist to what’s been a fairly constant program for the past 12-13 years.

Jim Powers

Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for more than 15 years and has been part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Loso Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 am during football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sport history, please contact Jim at japowers2421@yahoo.com. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan

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