By Chris Parker
Parkview softball will be looking to bounce back from a one-win campaign in 2018.
Junior Delaney Stanley will return to the circle at pitcher. Last season was her first as a pitcher.
“Last year was her first year pitching, but she is very athletic, has great composure, and has improved in her ability to consistently throw strikes,” Parkview head coach Ted Orcutt said.
Expect to see Lauren Hoaglin (junior catcher), Sierra Chilson (senior first baseman), Ariandra Vargas (senior shortstop or third baseman) and Julia Robertson (junior second baseman) around the infield. Vargas hit .560 last season.
The only settled spot in the outfield is centerfield where speedy all-conference senior Dadrianna Weston returns. Junior Julia Limron is in a good position to win one of the corner outfield spots.
“Sierra Chilson, Delaney Stanley, Lauren Hoaglin, and Julia Robertson all showed improved power at the plate during their summer season. Catcher Lauren Hoaglin has quickly developed a strong throwing arm behind the dish. Da’drianna Weston continues to improve as a slap-hitter with great speed,” Orcutt said.
Good attitudes and hard work will be an identity for this team.
“We have a team of girls that have good attitudes and who are willing to work to get better at the game. We will have senior leadership especially from Sierra Chilson who takes on a lot of responsibility with the team. Senior Ariandra Vargas, a move-in from California whose first year at Parkview was last fall brings a powerful bat and arm, as well as experience and an energetic playing style to our team,” Orcutt said.
Orcutt will focus on the fundamentals in an effort to climb the Ozark Conference standings.
“Our focus is on playing fundamentally sound softball this year. We would like to get back to a place where we are competitive against teams with a similar talent level,” Orcutt said.
Parkview opens the season on Aug. 30-31 in the Morrisville Tournament.