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|High school softball|
Despite their youth, Indians wanting good season
LAWRENCEVILLE - With a roster that includes eight freshmen among 16 players, Lawrenceville High School's softball team will use the season to gain valuable experience.
"I want to be playing the best softball we have all year the last three weeks of the season," said LHS coach Dave Berry, whose team is scheduled to open the season Tuesday with a home game against Mount Carmel. "I want to be able to know that we brought these players along this year, fundamentally, to where they need to be so that next year and the year after they can really do some damage - not that that can't happen this year."
Heather Miller, the team's only senior, and Amerae Miller, the only junior, will be the cornerstones of the team.
Heather Miller will be the everyday first baseman, and backup catcher.
"She's a tremendous hitter, probably the best on the team," said Berry, whose team finished 9-12 last season. "She's good defensively at first base and can catch if we're in a pinch."
Amerae Miller, the regular third baseman last season, is moving to shortstop.
"She's probably our best player, overall," Berry said. "She's knowledgeable, savvy and has a lot of talent. She's fundamentally solid and should have a great year."
Sophomore Shyloh Hearn was the primary pitcher a year ago, but this season will work in conjunction with freshman Morgan Parrish.
Berry says Parrish is a more powerful pitcher and will probably see the bulk of the action.
"Morgan's going to be a big-time pitcher for us," Berry said. "Between her and Shyloh I think we'll be pretty solid. What's nice is, both are capable of pitching big games and we'll be able to pick and choose when they throw."
Another freshman, Macey Waggoner, is penciled in behind the plate. Heather Miller will play first, and Hearn will handle duties at second base when not pitching. With Miller at shortstop, the only infield position up for grabs is third base.
A number of players are in the running including sophomore Samantha Mason and freshmen Cassie Vogel, Sydney Sherman, Alicia Wimberly, Allie Vaughn and Madison Carter.
"We're kind of in limbo at third base, but we have a lot of options," Berry said.
Lindsey Baker, a sophomore, will play center and anchor the LHS outfield.
"I think she's one of the best around in center," said Berry. "She has a really good arm and she can get to anything."
Sophomores Kazia Frederick and Kara Galligan are the leading candidates to play the corner spots, along with Mason.
Sophomore Jasmine Liu and freshman Brysa Lindsay also hope to find a role.
"Right now, I'd say we're kind of rough (around the edges)," Berry said. "But I've seen teams that were rougher do OK."
March 18 M. CARMEL, 4 p.m.
March 27 RED HILL, 4:30 p.m.
March 31 Noble, 4 p.m.
April 2 FAIRFIELD, 4:30 p.m.
April 3 CUMBERLAND, 4:30 p.m.
April 7 Red Hill, 4:30 p.m.
April 10 ROBINSON, 4:30 p.m.
April 12 LHS INVITATIONAL, TBA
April 14 Newton, 4:30 p.m.
April 16 S.KNOX, Ind., 4:30 p.m.
April 17 CASEY, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 Marshall, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 Vincennes Lincoln, 4:30 p.m.
April 23 Mt. Carmel, 4 p.m.
April 24 FLORA, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 Olney, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 NOBLE, 4:30 p.m.
May 1 Hutsonville, 4:30 p.m.
May 6 Washington Cath., Ind., 5 p.m.
May 7 North Knox, Ind., 5 p.m.
May 8 EDWARDS CO., 4:30 p.m.
May 9 Martinsville, 4 p.m.
May 12 OBLONG, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 SOUTH CENTRAL, 4:30 p.m.
May 17 Olney Tourney, TBA
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