Garvie era begins for Ruston High softball tonight

(Ruston head coach Lauren Garvie, pictured center right, will begin her tenure tonight at the helm for the Lady Bearcats)

By Kyle Roberts

There’s no mistaking the enthusiasm new Ruston head coach Lauren Garvie has for the kids and this upcoming season.

Despite taking over a program coming off of an underwhelming 4-29 season in 2022, Garvie is all positive as she faces a rebuilding season after coming to Ruston from Carthage, Texas, where she had already been a part of a winning program as an assistant.

Now, she looks to bring that successful culture to Ruston High School.

“Yes, this is a rebuilding year,” Garvie said. “And we’ve got a lot of freshmen coming in who also know that. I told the team recently that the awesome thing about rebuilding is that you get to decide what legacy you want to leave for Ruston. I’ve already seen the whole team in the weight room getting a little bit louder. They’re already getting a little bit more comfortable on the field, and they’re working on some details that are making them better athletes.”

The Lady Bearcats do return a majority of their roster from last season along with some additions that moved into the Ruston area. Garvie has identified a few players that she is expecting to give an immediate impact.

“(Junior pitcher) Kayla Wilson is going to be phenomenal for us,” Garvie said. “She’s not only good in the circle; she’s also good in the box; she’s going to hit the ball. And (junior Shelby Freeman) receives the ball so well at first base. She doesn’t think first basemen get the glory, but I definitely want to give that to her. She’s really intimidating to other teams in the box.

“And (junior) Murphy DeMoss shocked me this summer. I looked up, not expecting her to be running at me, but she is really fast. Gosh, she’s fast. And we have a lefty catcher in (sophomore) Morgan Foster that can also play outfield for us.”

Ruston opens up hosting North DeSoto tonight and will play its first three opponents of the season at home.

2023 Ruston High Softball Roster

Abby Holton So. 9 Utility
Allie Barrett Jr. 23 OF
Allie Richardson Jr. 10 IF
Cala Wilson Jr. 2 P/IF
Ella Kate Jones Fr. 6 Utility
Gabbie Granger So. 12 IF
Grace Dotson Jr. 21 OF
Grace Sutton Jr. 18 C/IF
Isabelle Burns (Belle) Sr. 8 OF
Jaiden Feeheley So. 22 IF
Jojo Fernandes Jr. 19 OF/C
Katelyn Stanley So. 16 IF
Malena Listle Fr. 15 IF
Morgan Foster So. 5 C/OF
Murphy DeMoss Jr. 3 OF
Rilee Atwood So. 1 Utility
Sage Tolar Fr. 17 P/OF
Shelby Freeman Jr. 25 IF
Isabella Tucker So. Manager  
Gabriella Sterling Jr. Manager  
Amorah Boston So. Manager  
Mia Tapia So. Manager  

The full schedule is listed below.

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