The Carroll girls softball team took second place in District 7-6A last season and went two rounds in the playoffs, and Abigail Stuart certainly did her part to contribute to the team’s success.
Stuart was a first team all-district selection for Carroll, and coach Tim Stuewe said that the junior third baseman made her presence felt almost immediately upon joining the Carroll squad.
“Abigail brings leadership and experience as a two-year starter on the varsity,” Stuewe said. “She has been one of our top hitters her first two years playing as a Lady Dragon.”
Stuewe said he would like for Stuart to continue to improve as a hitter both physically and mentally during the offseason.
“I know she is playing a lot of summer ball,” Stuewe said. “This will be a great avenue for her to do so. The fact that she is getting to play a lot of ball games this summer will do nothing but help to improve her overall game as a softball player, both offensively and defensively.”
For Stuart, this past season was one of great progress for the Lady Dragons.
“The season started slow, but as the team started to grow and trust each other we were able to perform well and make it to the second round of the playoffs,” Stuart said. “Once we all found our spots, we played really well.”
Stuart, 16, who also works on the school’s yearbook and student newspaper, is going to several softball camps and during the offseason and traveling with her select team to Denver, Kansas City and Marietta, Ga., and said she has some definite objectives for the summer.
“I felt I was a little inconsistent with pitch selection, so I am really working on hitting my pitch and learning how to hit more pitches out of my normal zone,” Stuart said.
The Carroll junior said she is extremely optimistic heading into next season.
“We are going into a new district with new players we haven’t seen before, so we have to be ready for teams that may be stronger than we’ve seen in the past,” Stuart said. “We’ve got a great group of returning varsity players like Gaby Garcia and Avery Zeigler, and we have some strong new talent coming in next year. I’m really looking forward to next season.”