ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Eagles lost infielders Courtney Condon and Morgan Harvey and outfielders Shaley Jackson and Peyton Rodgers off a 16-6 squad for coach Jeremy Parker.
“We may struggle early with playing younger players and not getting in some games early,” said Parker. “I am confident they will give me everything they have. We get to play the first part of the county at home.”
Key returning players include Taylor Ryan, Shelby Hulse, Liz Armendariz, Natalie McGuire, Lexi Gray and Sydney Smith.
The Bulldogs graduated no seniors off last year’s team, but a couple of players chose not to return including pitcher Jessica Huffman.
“We will be depending on freshman Katelyn Willis and sophomore Kirsten Rich to do the pitching,” said Lapel coach Scott Rich. “We have a good combination of experience and young talent. It could be an exciting year for us.”
Key players returning include Stacy Bauer, Devon Bodenhorn, Daniele Burnell, Emily Cline, Rich, Rachael Sherwood, Alicia Sprague and Kennedy Teagarden.
“This should be our best team in nine years of high school softball,” said Lions coach Dan Russell. “We’ve had a 13-9 record each of the last two years and have basically seven starters returning.”
The players coming back include Lindsey Kardatzke, Myra Vance, Megan Johnston, Kelsey Willhoite, Emily Branson, Kelsey Flowers, Katie Maidlow and Morgan Vance. Baylee Oren is a new face that will provide help.
The Argylls are missing three regulars off last year’s 24-5 squad — Olivia Stroup, Lacey Little and Taylor McNutt.
“We have the possibility to be just as good as we were a year ago,” said coach Jay Dunlap. “We have good kids back, and we’ll see if we compete. In the county we have virtually any team can beat any other on a given day.”
Madison-Grant returns its top two pitchers, Rose Perry and Cierra Liddick.
Also returning are Darci Bangle, Katie Kohlmorgen, Kaycie Pyle, Taylor Martin, Ballie Havens, Emileigh Stanley and Kayla Stanley.