HUBER HEIGHTS — This year’s Wayne softball team might not have as much depth talent wise, but the players have much better chemistry. Coach Joe Viers is happy to have a group of players that get along and work together instead of tons of talent among players that don’t care for each other.
The team will have five returning varsity players to anchor the lineup. Junior Kali Brickman will handle the majority of the pitching duties and will also play first base as needed. Senior Mackenzie Gross will be the catcher and see some action at third base. Senior Angel Brown will handle the duties at shortstop. Junior Ashley Conti will play outfield and second base. Senior Rachelle Bondurant returns to patrol the outfield.
“Brickman will handle most of the pitching, but sophomore Allie Dodge might see some time on the mound,” Viers said. “With Mackenzie behind the plate our battery is pretty good with a junior pitcher and a senior catcher. Softball is a lot about pitching. We are just trying to work girls in around them to fill holes. We will see how it goes.”
Senior Carson Gibson-Lockwood will play second base and outfield. Senior Katlyn Miller will play first base and outfield. Sophomore Kyli Gainer will play outfield and shortstop. Senior Kelsey Sherlock will play outfield. Senior Kaylin Carter will also play outfield along with senior Kalee Coile. Freshman Alexis Larson will play first and third base.
“The girls have been working hard,” Viers said. “We might be not as talented as last year, but I think we’ve got a lot better chemistry.”
He said most of the fielding positions have been nailed down with the exception of left field and second base, which are still up for grabs. Gibson-Lockwood will probably start the Lady Warriors first game at second base.
“Our lone freshman, Alexis Larson, is going to fill in at first base,” Viers added. “She hit a home run in our scrimmage the other day. Runs are going to be at a premium this year. We don’t have a lot of players with varsity experience, but hopefully we can play some small ball and put some runs on the board. With Brickman pitching I think we will be able to shut a lot of teams down.”
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@aimmediamidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind