A year after suffering a devastating loss in the 2015 sectional championship, the Harrison Raider softball team is ready for a fresh start.
“We all took it kind of hard,” said sophomore outfielder Peyton Dewitt. “Honestly, I think we’re just going to build off of it and look forward to this year and a new start.”
However, they’ll have to overcome the loss of seven key seniors to graduation, five of which were starters.
The overwhelming host of young talent on the roster will help fill the void left by those seniors.
Look for freshman Olivia Stansbury and sophomores Lilly Stichter, Jadelyn Johnson, and Kaeley Hallada to step up and play important roles for this team.
Although not all of these players saw significant playing time at the varsity level last season, they gained valuable experience that will help them throughout the year.
“It’s definitely going to be different because we’re not all used to working together, but all of us get along,” said senior outfielder and three-year varsity starter Sydney Scott.
This new-look group will also have to contend with a new head coach.
Former assistant coach Brooke El-Othmani will take over as head coach, while previous head coach Dick Mitchell will act as an assistant coach.
Despite last year’s disappointment, Harrison remains confident heading into the season.
“I think if we all can work together and do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll get a lot done,” said Scott. “We just have to take it game by game.”
The Raiders open the season at home April 2 at 11:00 a.m. against Clinton Prairie.