League softball champions will shoot for a repeat

3-25 003By Jaime Thomas

With a good number of seniors on the team and several coaches, the softball team is looking forward to a strong season.

There are eight seniors in total with six of them returning from last year, and Coach Katie Barber said the girls are regularly making strides.

“One of the strengths would be the girls pulled together, and they’re giving 100 percent every day,” Barber said.

Assistant Coach Ernie Bassett said while they’re working on everything with the girls, they are focusing on offensive work.

“I would expect us to get quite a lot of runs; we have a lot of strong hitters,” he said.

As far as leaders, Barber sees Katie Levey as a leader in the outfield. Additionally, she mentioned Lauryn Zovistoski, a four-year varsity player, who will make an impact as a shortstop and with pitching.

The coaches also mentioned first baseman and pitcher Angela Vladyka as a principal player as well as third-year returning starting varsity catcher Jordan Harrison.

Barber, who is in her first year as head softball coach, said she is seeing daily improvement in her girls.

The team, which lost about 10 seniors last year, finished on top in the Wasaren League’s 2012 season.  This year the girls will have to be on top of their game to keep up with the league.

“It’s a very tough league. Every game will be very competitive — we’ll have to play our best,” Bassett said.

Barber and her team are excited for the season to be underway, and she is hoping to qualify for sectionals by the end. Along with Bassett, Mario Torres will help Barber coach. Jason Rathbun will be the team’s scorekeeper, and Bridget Decker, who is out with an injury, will serve as team manager.

The Horde’s first softball game will be on Thursday, April 4, at 4:15 p.m.

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