Paul Scott, Head Coach of Lancer Fastpitch Program Welcomes New Lancer Athletes
Joining the blue and gold this fall are local athletes Mirissa Younan, Emily Odette, Claire Fields, and Makayla Meadows-Goodrich, along with Megan Pepper from Chatham-Kent, Daytona Dobson of Newmarket, ON, Rylie Straus from St. Clements, ON, and Amber Russell from Whitby, ON.
Mirissa Younan comes to the Lancers from the Forest Glade and LaSalle Athletics organizations. Mainly a pitcher and shortstop, she can play any position on the field. In 2019 she guided her team to a Provincial Gold Medal by pitching every game in the tournament. Mirissa has played in the U.S. in the highest profile tournaments and performed at an exceptionally high level and has played in the U.S. in the highest profile tournaments and performed at an exceptionally high level.
“I have known Mirissa and coached her for the past three years. She is a delightful, well spoken, smart, hard working young lady who is a positive individual and excellent teammate,” said Scott. “However, don’t let her pleasant and friendly demeaner fool you, as she is one of the fiercest competitors that I have ever coached! I expect her to make an immediate impact on this team and to set the standard for hard work. I am excited that she chose to come to Windsor and continue to play for me over some other very prestigious offers.”
She plans on studying Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
Emily Odette is a pure outfielder. She hails from the Forest Glade organization where she has played travel her entire career. As a rookie at the midget level in 2019, the English major was an integral part of the provincial gold medal championship squad, leading off in the line-up and ultimately winning top offensive player on her team.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Emily and getting to know her during the 2019 season. She is an awesome young lady who works very hard at her game,” said Scott. “Her greatest attribute is her speed and base running ability. She is fast as lightning on the base path and is expected to make an immediate impact for the Lancers. She is a quiet leader who only speaks in positives and easily takes constructive criticism.”
Entering her first year in Forensic Science, Claire Fields is a local product that hails from the LaSalle Athletics organization playing centre field, left field and second base. She is a prolific contact hitter and smart base runner who played an instrumental part in a provincial silver medal at qualifiers in 2017 season. She also played in the USSSA World Series at ESPN World Sports Centre.
Coach Scott is eager to add Claire to the roster. “It is expected that Claire’s bat will make an immediate impact upon the team, and her enthusiasm and positive energy is a huge bonus for us. I have coached Emily over the years, and she is a trouble free, hardworking positive individual that will be an easy fit to our squad.”
Makayla Meadows-Goodrich has played competitive fastpitch for both the LaSalle Athletic and Forest Glade organizations. Makayla is a highly intelligent catcher who can also play all infield positions. A certified umpire with an exceptional knowledge of the game, Makayla was named to the all-city team in high school and competed at a very high level in the United States for the Athletic organization.
Makayla is a gritty, smart ball player who is expected to be a platoon catcher for the Lancers,” commented Scott. “She works hard and isn’t afraid to ask for help with aspects of her game which every coach loves. Makayla is a real positive acquisition for us.”
She plans on studying Developmental Psychology and Criminology this fall.
Megan Pepper comes to the Lancers from the Chatham Golden Eagles organization where she played shortstop, second base and outfield. The concurrent psychology major is a quick, multi-positional “utility” player.
“Megan comes from a fine local organization,” said Scott. “Her speed is going to be her greatest asset as she transitions from the travel ball game to our University game. I look forward to working with Megan and shaping her game to fit our Blue and Gold squad.”
With a plan to study drama, media communication and film, Daytona Dobson played her competitive ball with the Ontario Yankees, Vaughn Vikings, East Gwillimbury Softball Association, and the Newmarket Stingers. Daytona plays first base as well as outfield.
Scott comments, “Daytona is a hard working, positively vocal, light hearted athlete who makes the ball experience a positive one for all those around her. Daytona is an individual who is always willing to learn in an effort to make herself and those around her better.”
Rylie Straus hails from the Waterloo Ghost organization playing both outfield and pitcher. She played an integral role in a bronze medal performance in tier 1 at the 2018 provincial championships, a silver medal at the Ontario summer games in 2018 and competed in the Canadian Softball nationals in 2017 and 2019.
“Riley is a player who has performed on several of the games’ biggest stages. Rylie is a gamer who will put in 100% once she hits the field for us. We are excited to have her in a Lancer uniform.”
Straus will begin her studies in Nursing this September.
Rounding out the talented group is Whitby’s Amber Russell who plans on studying psychology and criminology. A multi-positional player on the mound and at second base, Russell has been working with Coach Scott for the past year to improve her game, while also attending sessions with one of the top pitching instructors in Ontario.
“I was immediately impressed with Amber when she came to meet myself and the captains in the fall of 2019,” reflected Scott. “Amber took the field and showed us where her game was at. She took the advice offered and worked VERY hard during her offseason going to one of the top pitching instructors in the province. I would get regular video updates of her pitching development and hitting progress. I am amazed at her desire, hard work, and development towards becoming a Lancer. She is going to be an impact player for us.”