The Legacy softball team may have graduated one of its better pitchers, but the coming year’s pitching-catching tandem has definitive plans to make up for any difference.
Kendal Potts is moving on to play at Baylor, but the Lady Broncos still have great optimism in Karlie Milburn and Reagan Wright. Of Legacy’s three graduated seniors, two were pitchers.
Milburn has been a starter on the mound for Legacy as well as having seen time at first base.
Wright, who has logged only two innings in the outfield in her two years at Legacy, finds comfort in being behind the plate.
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Both will just be juniors this coming season and they enter the new year with experience enough to step in and up.
Milburn and Wright are keeping busy in the summer months by playing on the Texas Glory select team. They Glory was in Oklahoma over the weekend competing against regional talent in the 16U Gold division. They’ve also been to tournaments in Colorado and Georgia.
While the two girls have been playing together for about four years now, their history of playing on various select teams goes back about eight years.
Even though Milburn plays most all year, she said she gives herself at least a month break from throwing.
“It’s tough to pitch from fall to varsity and summer ball,” Milburn said. “It’s a lot to take in and my arm needs a break.”
Added playing is a benefit, but experience aside, the two Lady Broncos appreciate something the added chemistry and familiarity just as much.
“If I’m not having my best game, she’ll come out and say something to me,” Milburn said of Wright’s ability to calm her down or even get her laughing.
Wright agreed. “It helps out by knowing what pitches to call and I can help her out if she’s struggling. I can make her laugh.”
A good pitcher-catcher relationship will be a big boost, as Legacy will enter the season with new head coach, Amie Prater. Prater comes to Legacy from Kennedale, where she led the Wildcats to the Class 3A Area round last year and the regional finals the prior year (see related coverage).
Michelle Mayfield has left coaching and will be a counselor at Keller.
The area round is where Legacy was tripped up last season, as well, losing to Hallsville.
The two Lady Broncos have not yet met Prater, but hope to be able to do so before the end of the summer.
“We’re excited to meet her,” Wright said. “We just got used to Coach Mayfield. Now, we’ll get used to a new one,” she said, recognizing they’ll have two years to play for Prater.
“We know she’s like Mayfield and she’ll make us work,” Milburn added.
Until the varsity season starts, the two girls are also hoping the summer season will put them in front of potential college coaches, as both girls have aspirations of playing at the next level.
“The summer is all about working on skills and getting in front of college coaches,” Milburn said. “During their season, we’re in high-school ball.”
Rules prevent college coaches and scouts to make proactive contact with players until the end of the junior year, but summer scouting and player assessments start early on.