Diamond softball will look to climb above .500 in coach Kelsey Parrish’s sixth season as head coach after the Wildcats finished 8-12 overall.
Three different players could see time in the circle at pitcher. Freshman Madison Bentley will see a significant amount of time there in her first varsity season. Senior Marli Rowe and junior Hope Ostrum will also get a look at pitcher.
Varsity time in the infield will be a battle with a solid core of returners there led by senior Lauryn Macy and juniors McKaley Greninger and Hadyn Russow. Macy is a .451 career hitter. Freshmen Lexy Bridges and Lesli Watson also have the potential to earn starting spots.
Senior three-year starter Dayle Chasten will lead the outfield in center field. Chasten is a .468 career hitter.
Alyssa Wright also returns to the team sporting a .491 career batting average. She will be a senior leader behind the plate at catcher.
Depth will be a strength for the Wildcats.
“Our depth will be a nice change for the season,” Parrish said. “We have a lot of talented ladies coming out. It always strengthens a program when you have girls fighting for a starting spot.”
With that depth comes competition for playing time which could have some players trying out new positions.
“We are going to need to better understand the game this season to reach our full potential. I forecast there will be some girls in positions that they don’t usually play,” Parrish said.
Parrish will look for her team to gel in pursuit of a successful season.
“This season I’m looking for the team to come together a play. We have a phrase or word every season that is our mission of the season. This season our phrase is “together”. Once I see the team playing “together” I think great things for Diamond Softball will happen,” Parrish said.
Diamond opens the season on Mar. 15 at Washburn against Southwest.