Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:06

Brewer softball coming in to season with "weight off [their] shoulders" after winning state championship

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BREWER - Witches return a strong senior core to attempt a repeat state championship.

"You know that was my dream and that was my goal and I finally reached it so I have honestly weight off my shoulders..."

2018 brought a championship back to Coffin Field for the first time in ten years and brought a sense of relief to the team.

"They came in relaxed and they're not overconfident but they know that they have a target [on their backs]..." said head coach Skip Estes.

Losing two key starters will be hard to fill for Estes but the talent on the returning roster should have little issue bridging the gaps.

"We feel confident that the girls that came up and the ones that were role players on the team last year can fill those roles"

Libby Hewes is one of the girls on this team that will have no issue stepping in to a leadership role in her final season with the Witches, "I'm loud, energetic and I usually follow by example I love to categorize myself as that, it's kind of what I've always wanted to be, but we have a bunch of really talented leaders on this team."

Hughes and her catcher Jordan Goodrich have been solid for the team as a duo, but there's confidence in the dugout in almost every aspect of Brewer's game.

"They both have played together since they were eight years old so that's huge for us, but also our hitting has always been good, all the way from number one to number nine through and through it's really good," said senior Becca Gideon.

The girls might be confident, but their coach needs to a see a little bit more before they open the season at Gardiner.

"The biggest thing for us, we haven't been outside, is we're going to have to work on our outfield when we can get outside on a more consistent basis," said Estes.

John Wagoner

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John Wagoner joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in September 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...