ANDERSON, Ind. —
Anderson Preparatory Academy
This is the Jets’ third season of softball but the first to play a varsity schedule and to play in the county tournament.
“We are still a young team with only two seniors,” said APA coach Traci Mills. “County tourney will be tough for us as it will be our first varsity game as well as our first game of the season, with only one outdoor practice.”
Malquisha Murphy-Hopkins will be the No. 1 pitcher after missing all last season with a broken hand. Bethany Sulc will move from the circle to shortstop. Both are seniors. Janae Davis, Kymber Poland and Maquanna Rush will be key players for the team.
The Broncos have a new coach in former Anderson High School coach Dick Hines.
“Daleville was 16-5 last year, and hopefully we can keep that going,” said Hines. “This is going to be a competitive team.”
Shelby Spence is a big loss from last year. She hit all of her team’s home runs.
Some key players on this year’s team include Brynn Gooding, Jordyn Marshel, Jaime Roberts and Jessi Waltermire. Injuries to Lauren Dybwad and Dani Johnson could make things difficult.
Elwood will be looking for new leaders to step up after the graduation of Carly Creasy, Maciah Faucett and Lyndsey Taylor. But the cupboard from last year’s 12-18 team is far from bare. Panthers coming back are Danielle Robertson, Hope Fred, Jessie Noone, Katelyn Leisure, Ashley Kleinbub, Kelsey Hughes, Jessica Taylor, Lacey Slayton, Addie Mulvaney, Tenasha Stephens, Meredith Helpling and Sierra Updegraff.
“We need to play to win every game and finish the game this year,” said coach Chris Noone. “We lost 10 games last year after the fifth inning because we didn’t finish. I expect us to compete to win the (county) tournament.”