MSHSAA announced on Monday, Mar. 16 that they would not be cancelling spring sports due to the Coronavirus. There will be delays to the start of the season and you can read the full MSHSAA release on spring sports by clicking here. Many area schools have called off classes and extracurricular activities through at least Apr. 3 and will reassess at that time. We will continue to post our spring previews. Please note that this preview was written before delays for the spring season were announced.
By Chris Parker
Billings softball moved back above .500 for the first time since 2015 last season by finishing 11-10 overall. Six letterwinners return from that team.
Senior Lauren Herd will be the main team leader according to coach Randy Towe. Herd will play shortstop. Last year, Herd hit .244.
Junior Skylar Metscher returns to after earning first-team all-conference honors last season. She hit .488 with nine stolen bases last year. Metscher will see time at first base and in center field.
There will be consistency in the circle with all-conference honorable mention Lizzie Edwards returning for her junior year. She threw all but seven innings for Billings last year going 11-10 overall. Edwards pitched 105 total innings with 87 strikeouts and a 5.23 ERA.
Hanna Verch (second base), Grace Vesci (left field) and Melanie Ryan round out the returning letter winners.
Other players battling for varsity spots include: Megan Lunsford (senior infield/outfield), Bailey Groves (senior outfield), Mikayla Moore (junior infield), Ashlyn Menkel (junior catcher/infield), Lydia Starr (senior infield/outfield), Abbi Truman (senior first base), Sierra Essick (junior infield/outfield) and Cadance Daniel (freshman pitcher/infield).
Replacing last year’s senior group will be key to the success for this year’s version of Billings softball.
“I won’t predict wins and losses, but just hope to really compete each and every game. We have to fill the shoes of some quality seniors from last year,” Towe said.