By Faith Poor ’18
Well, it’s that time of the year again.
The sun begins to stay out just a little bit longer, the air begins to warm up, and high school softball team begins their intense and cutthroat season.
Many girls on the team look forward to this time of year, and are eager to begin the process. With a season last year that ended too soon in the second round of sectionals with a tough loss to Bishop Dwenger, this year’s team is eager to blow past last season and work from the ground up.
With an unfortunate start to the season last year with then-junior Shelby Prows tearing her ACL, the Lady Cadets were faced with some tough challenges and had to make adjustments in the starting lineup. This year though, Prows, along with the rest of the team, is looking stronger and better than ever.
“The progress that I am seeing this early in the season is a great sign. We are looking much better than we did last year, and it’s only open field season,” said varsity head coach Ed Doell.
Most of the girls are looking forward to getting to play and to see what they are made of. As for the team, they look forward to certain games throughout the season.
The biggest game of the season that they look forward to is the rivalry game versus Bishop Dwenger. With a season ending in 11-9, the girls are working to decrease the amount of losses. One of the losses they would like to minimize this year is Bishop Dwenger.
With a strong outfield this year, and a sturdy infield, this is something that is definitely possible.
Having two tight corners with Prows at third base and junior Faith Poor at first, the defensive side of Concordia’s softball program will look sharp. Not to say that the middle infield won’t look just as sharp. Junior Kennedy Steele was positioned at shortstop last year and really adapted well to the position. This year, Steele looks to return to this position and work on her defensive side. This year, the Lady Cadets look forward to having a tough outfield as well.
With senior Katie Pickett in center field, junior Libby Hettler in left and junior Brooke Hockemeyer in right, nothing will get past them. The pitching and catching duos are looking tough and quick this year.
With senior Madison Shannon having shoulder surgery back in October, she is on the road to recovery, and will be back in time to pitch for her senior year.
Along with Shannon, another pitcher is junior Mariah Perez. With these two working together to throw a tough defensive game, anything is possible. The two catchers for the Lady Cadets are sophomores Jenna Lawrence and Jayla Sauer.
You should consider coming out and supporting your fellow Lady Cadets softball team during their 2017 season!