As the season opener for Missouri Softball approaches, Coach Ehren Earleywine has indicated that red-shirt freshman Taylor Gadbois is expected to begin the season as the starting center fielder for the Tigers.
Coach Earleywine indicated that Gadbois has really made progress of late as a lefty slapper, and has learned her defensive position.
“I think Taylor Gadbois is doing a really good job in center field,” said Coach Earleywine. “She’s by far and away our fastest player.”
After having taken a red-shirt last season, Gadbois talked about the prospect of playing, and the progress that’s she’s made.
“I’m so excited! Playing with these girls, being on the field with them, is just going to be a great experience,” said Gadbois, who came to Missouri as a right-handed hitter, and just started slapping last year. “I’ve been working hard, working a lot on slapping, just getting faster, getting the ball on the ground. I’ve been watching Sami Fagan, Kayla Kingsley, and the other slappers. I just try to do what they do, and try to work my own style into it. They’ve helped me a lot.”
Gadbois said that she has completely abandoned hitting right handed. I asked her how her slapping is coming along?
“I’ve made progress,” replied Gadbois. “I’ve been working hard.”
I asked her about playing in center field?
“You know, I like (playing center field),” replied Gadbois. “I like it a lot. I have one of the best coaches, in Coach Paul. She gives me a lot of confidence, and is getting me ready to play.”
I’ve been looking forward to seeing Taylor Gadbois on the field. She’s an amazing raw talent. Hopefully, she’ll be able to continue to progress as a slapper, which will allow the Tigers to be able to utilize her outstanding speed and overall athleticism.