Coach: HOLLYE JERNIGEN
McAlester will be in a transition this season under first-year head coach Hollye Jernigen.
The Buffaloes, who went 9-19 last season, return several experienced pieces. “We are
looking to rebuild this year. We have a core group of upperclassmen returning, and a
handful of freshmen that we are looking to that will make an immediate impact for us,”
Jernigen said. “Our returners are led by all-district player, Casey Woods who is a VYPE TOP
100 player, first baseman Brook Weiher, a four-year starter that Jernigen calls who
Jernigen calls an anchor for the Lady Buffs on offense and defense, junior pitcher Shylie
Mason, and third baseman Madi Ayers.
“Shylie is the type of player that most coaches look for. She is a tireless worker and
competitor for us. She does a great job in the circle for us, and never gets a ton of credit for
carrying the majority of that load,” Jernigen said. “Madi is a great student in the classroom.
She is a kid you know you can always count on, no matter the situation. She is going to
handle it correctly,” Jernigen said.
Jernigen will rely on utility player Ambree House and shortstop Rylan Lesnau to contribute
“Ambree will be entering her first year of high school, but we are looking for her to make
immediate impacts at the plate in the field,” Jernigen said. “Rylan is a natural athlete with a
lot of range at SS. We look for her to make some huge plays for us this year”.
Other seniors on the roster include Kamryn Wilket (OF/C) and Lyli Perez (OF). Avery
Alberson (OF) and Audree Doney (P/1B) will contribute as juniors. Sophomores are Kynlee
Semeski (OF) and Trinitie Williams (OF), and other incoming freshmen include Emerson
Hollis (MI), Sam Shaffer (P), Chevie Dotson (P/OF), Bailey Caldwell (OF), Jordyn
Washington (OF), Koral Coy (OF) and Taylor Williams (OF).