Potosi Varsity Softball

Blair Sitton, Reporter

   PHS Varsity Softball vs Central


Monday April 3, 2023, our Potosi Lady Trojans played the Lady Rebels in the first round of the MAAA Softball Conference tournament. The Trojans fell to the Rebels 14-6.


Sophomore Ava Wright started out the night pitching. Soon after, freshman Shannon Riddle, who ended up pitching the rest of the game, hit an RBI single in a 2 for 4 in the third inning. 


The Potosi Lady Trojans scored three runs in the top of the fifth on 4 hits by Danielle King, Jade Williams, Gracie Lawson and Lilyan Bryan. Jade Williams ended 2 for 3 in four batting appearances at the plate, which quickly got the Lady Trojans Ahead of the game. Jade Williams got them a two-run homer after senior Emily Hochstatter opened up the night with a hit that got her a double.


Senior Emily Hochstatter, a four-year varsity starter, is finishing up her final high school softball season. She said, “I started getting interested in playing baseball whenever I was old enough to start playing t-ball and coach pitch. It wasn’t until I was 8 years old that I had picked up on softball. My dad always played slow pitch softball and I thought it was super cool. My dad was the one that got me into softball. Ever since then I’ve played on multiple little league softball teams, a travel softball team where my dad was my coach, multiple travel teams where complete strangers were my coachand the high school team. I didn’t start taking my softball career seriously until I was 12. My dad realized that my love for the game was more than just to have fun but to make a life out of it. So he helped me train to become the athlete I am today. In 2021 the softball team went to state and it was one of the greatest experiences in softball I have ever had and that was my, “that’s it” moment. I plan to go to Mineral Area College and play college softball for 2 years as an outfielder. I am so excited for what is to come next for my softball career.”


Senior Jade Williams, another varsity four-year starter, said, ”I’ve been playing softball as long as I can remember. I started with t-ball and I always had a passion for the game of softball. Although I do not plan to play after high school I still push to be the best I can whether it be me cheering for my teammates, or me being out on the field. It’s been one of my favorite sports and I hope to continue to cherish the values I gained from playing softball and the memories that were made have always been one of my favorites that I share daily.” 


Lastly, another 4-year varsity starter Danielle King says, “Softball has been the sport I have loved for a long time. Going to state was definitely one of the best highlights I’ve had in my softball career. These girls that I played with this year, I have been playing with ever since I started my softball career. As of right now, I am not going to further my softball career but I have been accepted to Fontbonne University to major in Business Sports Management.” King said, “ I hope to work for the STL. Cardinals in my future.”