Cuba High School softball Head Coach Kim Myers had a lot to be happy about in 2020 and should be pretty confident about her teams’ chances this fall. After losing just two seniors to graduation, the Lady Wildcats are returning a strong batting lineup and some quality pitching.
And the future could look even brighter for the team. This year’s squad has just one senior, Natalie Raby. Other players include: juniors Diamond Payne, Trinity Long, Maci McDonald, Maya Silva, and Allyson Bussell; sophomores Hallie McMillian, Tyra Haffer, Lexie Moreland, Olivia Chandler, Samantha Voss, Ciara Lunsford, Chloe Miller, and Nataleigh Herr; and freshman Isabella Silva and Katelynn Yates. Jett Mullally is the assistant coach.
The Lady Wildcats finished 12-9 a year ago and won their opening game in the district tournament before falling the eventual champions, Sullivan.
“We’ve got a big hole to fill at catcher, but we are returning a lot of good hitters and pitching,” said Myers.
Back for 2021 are the team’s top hitters from a year ago, McMillen, Payne, and Haffer. McMillen led the squad with 10 home runs, 25 RBI, and 40 runs scored while batting .556 in 2020. Payne hit .450 and had four homers and Haffer batted .5198 and had five home runs and 28 RBI.
Maya Silva also hit an outstanding .492 in just 10 games last season. Payne and Haffer both pitched for the Lady Wildcats a year ago and should get the bulk of the work this season
The Lady Wildcats saw their first action of the season Tuesday in the Rolla Jamboree and will begin regular play at the Union tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Cuba girls will play their first home game on Monday, Aug. 30, when they host South Callaway. They will also play at New Haven next week on September 2.