They may not hit an outstanding number of home
runs, but one
way or another, the varsity softball
Hounds find ways to have
runners cross home plate. They’ll have to if they plan to continue
with a winning tradition and advance in the State tournament, Head
Coach Jim Fox said.
hitting the ball over the fence, the Blue and Gold will count on
manufacturing runs this year rather than having them come with one
single swing of the bat. In any case Fox said he is mainly concerned
with quality at bats that will put runners in scoring position.
Fox described this year’s squad as neither offensively nor
defensively dominant. He said his team doesn’t have its strength on
one side of the game, but rather it is a well-rounded unit of
Fox’s players would agree that the Hounds will not
overpower an opponent offensively, yet they see themselves as more
than capable of putting runs on the board as well as play solid
defense. “We do have a lot of good hitters, but we also have people
that can bunt when we need to and get the runners advanced,” senior
Courtney Bricker said.
“I think we will have people step up
offensively,” senior Stephanie Nagy said. “We’re a well-rounded
Fighting a tough
Despite being ranked sixth in the sate in the
coaches’ pre-season poll, success will not come easily this year
with the Hounds’ schedule that includes two other teams ranked in
the Top 10 in Class 3A: Center Grove (third) and Lafayette Jefferson
(tied for 10th). They will battle the Trojans away May 8 and
Lafayette Jeff on May 10 away as well. Confirming what Fox already
had said about this year’s opponents, Nagy said, “(Our schedule) has
really been beefed up this year. There aren’t any games we can take
“We’re going to have to work at (being successful),”
Bricker said. At the same time Bricker also said she’d advise her
teammates to not let the pressure of having to work hard get to
them. “Relax and have fun. Take it one pitch at a time,” she said.
Although all but two of her teammates are underclassmen, Bricker
said she is confident in their ability to put up good games in spite
of the lack of preparation and the weather. “They know what it
takes,” Bricker said.
“They’re going to fill in the gaps and
step up to the challenge,” Nagy said of the underclassmen.
“Personally I felt less prepared,” Bricker said of
the first game of the year against Avon on March 19. The Blue and
Gold claimed that match-up 4-0. Juniors Lindsey McNaughton and
Jessie Campbell combined for a no-hitter. On the offensive side,
Nagy went two for three at the plate and added two runs batted in.
The junior varsity squad defeated Avon 7-0.
Over spring break
players will receive a list of activities to keep their skills sharp
for the long haul of the season after vacation, Nagy said. The
activities include such things as work outs and drills.
Tuesday the Hounds took on Bishop Chatard in the first home contest
of the year at Cherry Tree Elementary School.The varsity squad was
victorious and won its second game of the season 2-1. McNaughton
went two for two at the plate and batted in two runs, aiding her
team in the victory. The JV squad also beat Bishop Chatard 10-1. The
Hounds take on North Central April 10 in their second of four games
at home in a row.