Austin Adamson grew up in Eads just up the road from Lamar High School where he was a standout athlete and part of a state championship in both football and baseball graduating in 2010. Adamson then went on to play four years of college baseball before accepting his current position on the Lamar High School coaching staff where he has worked with the high school baseball, football and wrestling teams as well as the junior high wrestling team. Adamson is the high school advanced science teacher.
2019 LAMAR SAVAGES SOFTBALL team held try outs tonight with 37 strong out for the team. New head coach Austin Adamson has a lot of talent to choose from as he will now work to mold solid JV and Varsity teams. Pictured front l to r: Jenea Gallegos, Damonyca Seguira, Alyssa Abitta, Jayda Hernandez, Dalia Garcia, Reygan Gibbs, Noelia Puga, Marrisa Garcia, Tacy Schmidt, Taylor Stagner, McKenzie Lewis. Middle l to right: Trinity Gonzalez, Shelby Casebolt, Ellee Dage, Malea Martinez, Trinity Gallegos, Javen Given, Ayisha Martinez, Maggie Coon-Wilson, Emma Frey, Elianna Holbert, Lailoni Estep. Back row l to r: Aliyah Turner, Marley Flint, Briselda Garcia, Aliyah Macias, Jaidyn Branom, Bredklyn Herrera, Zadaya Perez, Cassidy Jagers, Lauryn Reyes, Shania Sigala, Teagan Farmer, Madeline Montoya, Gia Langston. (Not pictured: Sandra Lopez, Amber Kopasz
This year he has accepted a new challenge in Savage athletics as he will be at the helm of the Lamar Savages Softball team where he hopes to continue the strong dominance the Savages have enjoyed in the last few years. He will also enjoy having long-time assistant coach Brenna Chenoweth along for the ride as well as Adi Cruz, a standout high school and college player, who will take on the JV coaching duties. Adamson will also have a talented group of volunteer coaches to help move the process along. According to Adamson, “My background doesn't involve softball directly, but I played college baseball for 4 years. My lack in softball experience will be more than made up for by my talented coaching staff.”
Adamson faces a number of challenges for a team that was pretty well wiped out by graduation from a year ago. The seniors on that 2018 team had made it to state each year, getting upset in 2018 in the first round by Meeker, 10-8. Both starting pitchers for the Savages graduated and have now gone on to begin collegiate careers of their own leaving Adamson with some decisions to be made. According to Adamson, “I do feel we have a lot of promising talent in the pitching area.” Adamson then points to senior Alyssa Abitia, junior Jayda Hernandez, sophomores Shanea Sigala and Cassidy Jagers, Elliana Holbert, and one freshman in Jaiden Branom. On the other end of the battery, Adamson will look at sophomore Janea Gallegos, freshman Maggie Cook-Wilson, sophomore Ellee Page, senior Dalia Garcia, and freshman Shelby Casebolt.
Abitia is the only pitcher who has any varsity level mound time as she had just 5 appearances last year including 13.1 innings. Her record was 1-0 and she carried a 5.25 ERA.
The Savages will return three seniors and two other key starters from last year’s team. They include Reygan Gibbs who hit at a .219 batting average with 7 hits, 9 runs, and 8 RBIs; Marley Flint, who had a good outing a year ago batting at a .455 clip with 10 hits, 5 runs, and 9 RBIs; and Abita batting at .362 with 21 hits, 18 runs, and 11 RBIs. Junior Jayda Hernandez will certainly help, as well, as last year she contributed a .436 batting average with 24 hits, 21 runs, and 13 RBIs. Jenea Gallegos, a sophomore, will return from a breakout freshman season hitting a .409 average with 18 hits, 9 runs, and 9 RBIs.
The Savages will gain the benefit of a number of players who will travel from the smaller high schools surrounding Lamar because their school does not have a softball program. They include Emma Frey and Noelia Puga from Holly; Javen Givan and Shania Sigala from Granada; Ellee Page and Aliyah Macias from Wiley; Cassidy Jagers from McClave; and Amber Kopasz from Eads.
Adamson knows that their league is always a tough one to play in but is not sure at this time what to expect. “Though I don’t know any specifics, there are quite a few teams who have talented rosters. We do know Rocky Ford will be as tough as they always are.”
At the early practices Adamson is seeing a lot of good things. As they move closer to the season opener Adamson is looking for the players who will mesh together, “As with any team, we are looking for the right group of girls to play and compete together as a unit. We’ll find the areas where we are weak and improve upon them as we move through the season.” As with any of the Savages teams, this team will be setting their sites for another trip to the state tournament. Adamson adds, “We have big goals and aspirations for the end of the season with the hope of competing deep into the post season.”
The Savages will host their season and home opener this Saturday, August 17 when they will welcome University High School from Greeley for a 2:00 pm contest and then Burlington at 4:00 pm in a round robin event.