Lions hear about Wildcat softball and baseball
Trumann coaches Karisa Hendrix (softball) and Cody Wallis (baseball) were on hand last week to talk to the Trumann Lions Club about the upcoming seasons.
Hendrix played high school ball at Highland, where she was a standout pitcher for the Lady Rebels. Her teams lost in the state finals her junior and senior years. After high school, Hendrix attended Williams Baptist College (WBC) where she won four straight conference championships and advanced to the national tournament her junior and senior year. WBC placed fourth in the nation her senior year. "What a great time I had in college. Getting to do what I love and having the success we had," Hendrix said.
This will be Hendrix's first year as a head coach, and she's excited about the team she has at Trumann. "We return all our starters from last year and have ten seniors to lead the team this year," Hendrix said. Having been practicing since November, Hendrix is not only teaching softball skills but also the things she's learned over the years that will help the girls. "I want the girls to have a good working spirit, build each other up, and have good connections with each other. You'll always remember those you played softball with," Hendrix said. Some of the goals the girls set for this season are confident hitting, beating Harrisburg, and getting past the first round of the state tournament.
Wallis returns to Trumann Schools to coach the baseball team after spending two years as the head football coach at Marked Tree. "It's great to be back at Trumann. I'm thankful for the chance Mrs. Graham gave me seven years ago and for the second chance now. It was hard leaving the kids, but I'm glad to be back at Trumann," Wallis said.
Wallis, who is also a WBC graduate, will have a young Wildcat team for his first year of coaching baseball. "Trumann has a history of fielding good baseball teams, and we want to get back to doing that. We'll be young this year with only two seniors on the team," Wallis said. Wallis said he has 16 players on the roster with five juniors, four sophomores, and eight freshmen joining the two seniors.
"I've told the guys there will be plenty of playing time as most will play both the junior varsity and varsity games on the same day. I remind them that we are also building our team for future years too," Wallis said.
Wallis said he hopes to have a summer program the kids can participate in as that is becoming the norm for most players. "We have two kids on the team now that play baseball year round. We hope to grow that number over the next couple years and get our participation numbers back up," Wallis said.