After a one year hiatus of playing softball, the Prairie Home Lady Panthers softball team is back to make its mark in the CCAA conference.
Having last played high school softball in 2015, head coach Jessica Scott welcomed 10 girls out for the 2017 season.
“It’s definitely going to be a rebuilding year just because I have no varsity experience coming back,” Scott said. “But the girls are working hard, have a positive attitude and are eager to learn.”
With that one year off from competing in the CCAA conference, Scott said since Jamestown is their rival they definitely want to beat them, and then there is Calvary Lutheran later in the season.
“I think we will have some good bats and two good pitchers,” Scott said. “However, we are going to be young and new to the sport and some of the players are inexperienced. I just want the girls to learn the game and build on their fundamentals.”
Prairie Home will open the 2017 season at home on Thursday, August 31st against the Jamestown Lady Eagles with Scott looking at possibly two freshmen to do most of the pitching this season. She said freshmen Kourtney Kendrick and Jerzee Cantrell have been playing for years and have developed into tough pitchers.
As for the infield, Scott will look to freshman Maggie Wood at catcher, freshman Kelsey Watson at first, freshman Cheyenne Jacks at second, either Kendrick or Cantrell at shortstop depending on who is pitching and freshman Madison Bishop at third.
Scott said the infield is eager and willing to learn. “I am looking forward to see how much they grow by the end of the season,” Scott said of the infield.
With the entire infield consisting of freshmen, Scott will also start the season with two first-year players in the outfield. Although senior Joslyn Padilla will start in center, Scott will look to freshman Kaelyn Crews in left and either freshman Delaney Cook or sophomore Samantha Searles in right.
Scott said the outfield has made big improvements so far this season and they are continuing to work hard.
Despite being young at every position this season, Scott said the hitting should be pretty solid. She said there are some girls that can really place the ball.”