MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams softball team will try to utilize its speed and depth this season.
Mt. Vernon enters the new year after finishing 11-16 last season. The year came to an end in the regional semifinals with a 6-5 loss to Carbondale in a rain-shortened matchup.
This season starts with competition between several players at numerous positions, according to coach Lance Boldt.
“We have girls that are younger, but they want those varsity spots and we may have a lot of different combinations as we go through the spring before we figure out exactly which one is going to work the best,” Boldt said.
Mt. Vernon again opens the season in the Fairfield Tournament. The Lady Rams will play multiple games in the event on Saturday, March 22.
“We're going to definitely try the girls out at different positions, see what they can do and give everybody an opportunity, hopefully see what they can do,” Boldt said.
Mt. Vernon lost five seniors from a year ago. Malorie Garner and Colleen Skobel make up the season's seniors for the Lady Rams.
“We have a big junior class and a good sophomore class and a really, really good size freshman class,” Boldt said. “We're young.”
Hannah Wright, Casey Little and Haley Chelf all pitched for the Lady Rams a season ago and are back. Boldt said he would limit Wright's innings a bit more this season.
“I'm hoping this year not to have to use her as much,” Boldt said. “Because I think it put a lot of strain on her arm, having to use her so much, especially early on.”
Boldt added the Lady Rams could use as many as six pitchers throughout the season.
“We're deeper and these are real, true pitchers who have done this, have a lot of experience doing this,” he said. “It's just when you're so young you may take your hits every once in a while.”