Lady Flyers have sights set on Austin

St. Joseph will play a best-of-three series against Hyde Park

VICTORIA, Texas — The Saint Joseph Lady Flyers are in the second round of playoffs and are already doing better than last year.

The Lady Flyers are a young team with only one senior on the team, center fielder Alexis Morris.  Flyers head coach George Clay has been there for two years and has seen a big improvement from last year especially in the pitching department. That’s in part to freshman starting pitcher Abby Cantu. she has been studying the Hyde Park batters to see what works best. her favorite is her two-seam fast ball because of how the spin varies upon release.

It’s definitely been a challenge being a freshman and being a starting pitcher, said Cantu. I’m handling it pretty well and overall, it’s a great experience for me.

Cantu has a goal to have 200 strikeouts this year and is currently at 150.

Catcher Sofia Rodriguez is a sophomore and bats clean-up on the team. Rodriguez before she steps in the batters box, takes a deep breath and trusts in her training. She said the reason they are doing better this year is because they have a stronger defense, bats and are closer as a team.

I can definitely say I am a leader on and off the field, said Rodriguez. I love helping my teammates, directing them and helping them be the best players they can be.

Rodriguez is a little superstitious since she can only wear her hair in a pony tail and never in a braid.
One of the co-captains on the team, Aleyna St. Jean plays shortstop and is excited to have made it further in the playoffs than last year. She said their opponents, Hyde Park play small ball and the flyers will do their best to take that away from them.

I’m making sure I know where to go and letting others know where they should go, said St. Jean. I’m going to try and be “on” every play and bring up that batting average.

The Lady Flyers will play Hyde Park in a best of three series Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Austin, then again on Saturday here in Victoria at 5:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams. If need be, the two teams will play game three on Tuesday.