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Young Prosper Elites Give Prosper Softball Bright Future for Years to Come

Elite softball has taken the country by storm and for a group of Prosper eighth graders, that storm is close to home.

Sydney Lewis, Gabby Coffey, and Ayden Allen may only be 14 years old, but they have more than 25 years of combined softball experience and this year they will, all three, be playing on the same club team. Glory 14u Naudin.

The trio has known each other in the softball world but this will be the first year they will be playing together.

“I’m super excited because I know the level of play these girls have and I am excited to see what we can all do on the field together,” said Sydney.

Gabby plays catcher and is a utility player. She said she is thrilled to be able to play with Sydney and Ayden.

“I know we can keep each other confident so we can call the game. We work well together,” said Gabby.

Ayden, who plays the fast-paced third base position, said she likes to listen to country music on her playlist to get her in the mood for a game.

“Each player has their game to play and I am confident in each of our abilities and know that we can do what we need to do on the field,” said Ayden.

Sydney, who plays pitcher and first base, has been playing softball since she was about three years old. Last summer, she and Gabby played in several national exposure showcase tournaments at the 14u level throughout the United States such as the Tulsa Elite (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Top Gun (Kansas City, Missouri), Colorado Sparkler (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Triple Crown Nationals (Austin, Texas), and Premier Girls Fastpitch (Huntington Beach, California). These tournaments are arguably the most highly visible, widely attended events in the country as far as college recruiters.

Sydney has attended camps hosted by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas State University, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Illinois and was invited by the University of Houston to attend a prospect camp. Sydney will have her first “unofficial visit” this September to visit an SEC conference campus.

All three young ladies earned roster spots on this Glory 14u Naudin team, which is one of the most respected travel teams in the North Texas area. In the fall part of their calendar, they are slated to play a few tournaments in Texas, but the highlight of their fall campaign will be playing in the Diamond 9 Sun Classic Fall Showcase in Orlando, Florida. The event will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and attended by the top 100 or more teams in the United States.

Prosper softball coach Staci Jackson, said she is excited about the upcoming talent her team will have in the coming years with athletes like Sydney, Gabby, and Ayden.

“We are in a good place. We have some terrific athletes coming up the pipeline and that’s incredible for the future of our program,” said Jackson.

Renee Marler | Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com

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