2018 Fall Preview: Seneca Softball

By Chris Parker

Seneca posted a 12-14 finish a year ago. The Lady Indians will look to improve while navigating through an expanded Big 8 Conference.

Travel will be the big adjustment with the new alignment.

“We will have to adjust to longer bus rides, and more games through the week and late nights,” Seneca head coach Jeff Sill said.

Makayla French returns for her sophomore season after earning first-team all-conference honors as a utility player. She is a utility player in every sense of the word.

“She (French) can play infield, outfield, and catcher with consistency and confidence. We will look at several positions but she will play what’s best for the team,” Sill said.

Chaney Platner and Mekaylee Beard return for their senior seasons after earning second-team all-conference honors on the infield. Platner will anchor the defense at shortstop while Beard will split time between third base and pitching.

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Junior Chelsea Beville was an all-conference honorable mention selection at pitcher and returns after showing improvement over the offseason.

“She has done a better job working ahead and confidence in her ability,” Sill said.

Senior Gracie Heckart along with sophomores Madi Dunbar, Sierra Lannon and French will hold down the outfield for the Lady Indians. Grace Johnson (infield), Kaydin McKnight (infield/outfield) and Hunter Beard (utility) will also factor in to the varsity lineup.

Seneca will go to Monett with Webb City and Willard on Aug. 17 for a preseason jamboree. The Lady Indians will open the regular season on Aug. 28 at Carthage.

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