New Meadowbrook softball coach Lisa Keys inherits a program that has struggled for some time now. Once proud, the program has been in a state of rebuilding. Keys is here to change this.
“I took this job to grow the program,” said Keys. “My coaching philosophy is physical-mental-emotional development in perfect alignment at once.”
A pitching coach for 25 years and a former college coach at the Brigham Young University-Hawaii, she appears to have the credentials and experience to get the job done.
Though the program has been down, the cupboard is not devoid of talent. Keys has three players that are going to fuel the success the Monarchs hope to have this year.
Pitcher Sydni Foster, first baseman Ashley Judge and shortstop Shawnessi Hill are expected to be the top options in the circle and on the field.
While relatively unproven, Keys displayed all the confidence in the world in her pitcher, Foster. It has been a work in progress to get her mechanics right, while developing that consistency, she will be counted on to control the game.
Hill was made the team’s shortstop this year after Keys saw the potential in her. Describing her arm as a “cannon,” it will be important for Hill to buy into the fact that she possesses great talent.
First baseman Ashley Judge has been a leading offensive producer for Meadowbrook the past couple years and this year should be the same. She is an effective defensive first baseman, adept with the glove.
“All three of these girls have the skills to have division one baseball,” said Keys.
The plan is to build on each game. Keys said that in the first game, they really had no good innings. In the second game, they had two good innings and three good innings in the third.
With a new approach, Meadowbrook softball will take things one game at a time, one inning at a time and will strive to improve each and every day.