Kendra Stahl, Pettisville head softball coach, welcomes back 10 letterwinners when the 2016 season gets underway, Monday, March 28, at Montpelier.
Stahl has compiled an 80- 48 record in her seven years at the helm. She hopes to improve on an 8-12 record last year with a 5-5 finish in the Buckeye Border Conference.
“We have five seniors on the team this season that possess great leadership qualities and have plenty of playing experience,” said Stahl.
“Pitching and catching will be another strength.
“I expect our hitting to be competitive and progress throughout the season.
“We will probably be weak in defense, as there will be players in new positions. The inexperience will be difficult at first, but I expect our players to rise to the challenge and get better with more repetitions and experience as the season progresses.
“We also lack depth in some positions, so again, inexperience may be a factor.”
Seniors retuning are Amber Klopfenstein (shortstop, First Team All-BBC, BBC scholar athlete, Second Team All-District, .437 batting average, seven runs batted in); Jaelyn Rufenacht (catcher, Second Team All- BBC, BBC scholar athlete, .338 BA, 10 RBIs); Marissa Beck (outfield, .105 BA); Mallory Riegsecker (outfield, .200 BA, BBC scholar athlete); and Kaija Blosser (first base, .184 BA, BBC scholar athlete).
Juniors back are Jasmyn Barton (infield, Second Team All-BBC, .396 BA, 14 RBIs); Sydney Purtee (infield); and Andrea Flory (outfield).
Returning sophomores are Kyra Behnfeldt (pitcher, .235 BA, 2-4, 41.1 innings pitched, 33 strikeouts, 3.9 earned run average); and Sami Tilley (utility, .200 BA).
Assistant coaches are Mc- Crae Kidston and Kayla King.