Checking In On ThunderRidge Softball

The No. 2 Grizzlies are led by senior ace pitcher Emily Morris and an array of potent hitters this fall

Sophomore Amanda Hedges and her fellow Grizzlies are currently ranked No. 2 in 5A.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through the softball regular season this fall—and out of all the teams in 5A, few have looked as talented and capable of a championship run as No. 2 ThunderRidge.

It was nearly ago today that we featured the Grizzlies on the Colorado Sports Network, as last year’s youth-infused TRHS team blazed out to a 9-0 mark and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the 5A poll. ThunderRidge eventually went on to finish 14-7 and 5-5 in conference play before falling to Cherokee Trail and Smoky Hill in regional play.

So what is the difference between this year’s team and last year’s? Is the 2016 TRHS squad one that’s capable of not only competing for the Continental League title, but making noise in the state tournament as well? Colorado Sports Network editor Kyle Newman caught up with Grizzlies head coach Jim Dollaghan to discuss lessons learned from last fall, ace pitcher Emily Morris, key offensive components and much more. The full one-on-one:

For more 5A softball analysis, listen to this week’s Varsity Wire podcast