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Softball Preview: Compton Continuing To Learn Under Coach Kelly

After winning its first Moore League game in 10 years last season, coach Deshawn Kelly is looking for more improvement in her second year leading the program.

“We were ecstatic after that win, it strengthened our bond as a team and made them feel like we can achieve anything together,” Kelly said. “So we’re going into this year with a goal to win four league games.”

Kelly said developing pitchers has been the biggest challenge. Senior Yasmin Lopez, sophomores Aliece Henderson and Samantha Verdugo will all feature in the circle. Junior pitcher Jacqueline Pineda is a new left-handed pitcher who can play almost every position on the field.

“A lot of my players came in having never touched a softball before,” Kelly said. “Now they’re learning the game. It helps to build self confidence and form new relationships… I have to build that family and team spirit where no matter if we fail we’re still working and learning together.”

Senior Michelle Galindo and junior Nayeli Rivas will be the team leaders. Rivas will play catcher and second base. Galindo has played all four years and will continue as catcher and left fielder. Senior center fielder Krystal Perry and right fielder Jocelyn Jauregui are the best outfielders.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.