AMELIA – Like many Tristate teams, the Amelia High School softball squad has struggled with consistency. Some games have been feast or famine in terms of offense.
Unpredictable weather has also contributed to the up-and-down nature of this spring’s Lady Barons.
“We’ve had some very good outings where we threw the ball very well,” Amelia coach Kelly Throckmorton said. “Then, we’ve had a couple games where our pitching and our defense let us down a little bit. With all the rain, we kind of hit a dead spot there.”
Despite the peaks and valleys and rain-outs, the girls have responded with a winning record and have already surpassed last year’s seven-win tally. They have defeated New Richmond 12-0 and 11-1 as well as erupting for 17 runs against McNicholas and 19 against Batavia.
At times, Amelia has stung the ball. On the other end, they’ve been shutout by top pitchers Brooke Parker of Glen Este and Sandy Woodmansee of Felicity-Franklin and only scored once against Bethel-Tate’s Cassidy Devore.
Throckmorton’s underhand hurlers have been juniors Kendall Kaiser and Maggie Block. Block catches Kaiser and junior Kayla Hamm wears the gear when Block is in the circle.
Behind them is an experienced group of fielders who should only get better.
“We have a very solid infield,” Throckmorton said. “Samantha Lee is our third baseman. She transferred in from Georgia. Kyleigh Schultz is the shortstop and Elena McDonald is my one and only senior at second. Lexy Tucker is our first baseman. She’s very solid and makes very few mistakes.”
Lee has hit over .500 for the Lady Barons, primarily bunting and using her good speed. Senior McDonald has hovered around .400. Next year, the junior-heavy group this spring will become senior leaders.
Assuming everyone returns, Amelia will have eight seniors in 2016. The plan on the field adjacent to the shade trees and football stadium is to finish 2015 strong and return loaded next spring.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Throckmorton said. “You have an off day every now and then.”
Give or take some rain date make-ups, Amelia’s regular season winds up at Goshen May 7. The Lady Barons will then look to send Elena McDonald out with a postseason run. They’ll also be seeking positive momentum for the juniors to take into their summer leagues.
“We’re all kind of competitive, it depends on who comes to play that day,” Throckmorton said.