Heather Mosser is heading into her second year leading the Porter softball program with some added confidence. The returning players understand her coaching style and expectations, but they also understand the challenges that lie ahead of them.

The Lady Spartans finished last season with a 13-14 overall record, which included a 6-10 mark in a competitive District 20-5A. Porter will be aiming for its first-ever playoff appearance this spring as a large group of veteran players return to the fold.

“I have a pretty big group of seniors, and they are just hungry for success,” Mosser said. “They started Day 1 with me this year, knowing my expectations and knowing I was going to push them to succeed. I think they’re really pushing for a playoff run this year, which I’m excited about and hopeful that we can do. It’s nice to know they’re wanting to give everything they have to see that success and get to that level. I’m super excited about that.”

Mosser said there is added excitement about her second season at the helm. Coaching changes can be difficult to navigate sometimes, but Mosser said her players have bought in completely.

“Last year was my first year here, so they were still learning me and my expectations for them,” she said. “But now that they know me a little bit better and know what I want from them, and now that I know them better and know what they can do, their leadership is going to be huge. I have a gap — I have seniors, and then I have youngsters. There’s not a lot in the middle, so I’m hoping (the seniors) can really step in and lead the way this season.”

Four seniors in particular will be instrumental in the team’s success. Outfielder Stella Shaw is the only returning first-team all-district player. Pitcher Kailee Loving will carry some of the load in the circle, while third baseman Charlie Burns is expected to be a leader at the plate. Utility player Tijah Coleman is a wild card that will contribute in a variety of ways.

“We’ve been hitting the ball well in scrimmages right now,” Mosser said. “We’ve been trying to work on a few things, being able to manufacture some runs at the plate and really working to hit the ball where it’s pitched and where we want to hit it. If we can do that and stay calm, cool and collected in the box and just focus on having quality at-bats, I will have no complaints.”

Mosser is also excited about the potential of sophomore pitcher Arrianna Wright, who saw valuable time in the circle last spring as a freshman. The team will need solid pitching to contend for one of four playoff spots in the 10-team District 20-5A.

Porter will take on Caney Creek, Willis, Tomball, Kingwood Park, Montgomery, Lake Creek, New Caney, Huntsville, and the newest addition, Grand Oaks.

“This district is tough,” Mosser said. “There’s never a team that you can just go in and say, ‘We’ve got this game.’ I think even getting the new school in Grand Oaks, it’s just going to add more pressure. You have to go in and play your game. There’s no room for error. Mistakes will be made, but you’ve got to recover. With this district, everyone has a chance to win on any given day, and everyone is going to be difficult, so we have to play our game the best we can.”


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