Tahlequah Region Players to Watch: A look at the top underclassmen in fastpitch softball for 2023

Last Updated: August 11, 20232.2 min read

Riley Dotson – Tahlequah – Soph. – P/OF

Dotson will become the Tigers’ ace in the pitcher’s circle this season and will also see time in the outfield where she primarily played as a freshman. Dotson posted a 4-5 record and two of her wins came against state qualifiers Mustang and Pryor. At the plate, she hit .465 and stole 28 bases.

McKenna Yancey – Pryor – Fr. – SS

Yancey is expected to play a big role as a freshman and become the starting shortstop for Pryor. “She is an above average athlete with good speed and a great arm. We are excited to see her play for the next four years,” head coach Chell Looney said.

Bethany Willis – Locust Grove – Soph. – Utility

Willis hit .402 with 12 doubles and drove in 28 runs as a freshman in 2022. “Can play any position in the field. Will be looked at to hit in the middle of the lineup again,” head coach Matt Tramel said.

Lexi Daniels – Tahlequah Sequoyah – Soph. – INF/OF

Started as a freshman and hit around the .300 mark. Daniels can contribute in either the infield or outfield.

Finley Grubbs – Adair – Soph.

Grubbs was a freshman starter for the Warriors in 2022 and big things are expected from her this season.

Kallie Daugherty – Keys – Fr. – OF

Daughtery will anchor the Cougars’ outfield as a freshman in 2023. Has a high softball IQ and will contribute offensively from the middle of the lineup.

Payton Zodrow – Keys – Fr. – SS

Zodrow is one of two incoming freshmen expected to be a starter for Keys this year. She will also see time at catcher and in the pitcher’s circle. Has a strong bat and will have a big impact on the base paths.

Kyra Horn – Hulbert – Soph. – P

Horn pitched 82 innings as a freshman in 2022. The left-hander will be a workhorse for the Riders this season. “She is able to move the ball in all directions and change speeds,” head coach Ramsey Arnall said.

Sadie Chambers – Hulbert – Soph. – SS

Chambers will take the lead role of the Riders’ infield from shortstop. Will hit at the top of the lineup and offers great speed. Defensively, can cover a lot of space and has a strong arm. She is also a VYPE Top 100 selection.

Taylee Sawney – Stilwell – Soph. – INF/P

Started every game as a freshman and hit .280 while driving in 14 runs, and had a .906 fielding percentage. Also expected to contribute as a pitcher in 2023. “We look forward to her gaining more confidence at the plate going into year two and driving in some runs,” said head coach Kyle Decker.”

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