High school softball season preview capsules

High school softball season preview capsules


High school softball season preview capsules


Harrison's Maggie Shandrick.

Harrison’s Maggie Shandrick.

Central Catholic Knights

Coach: Ashley Perry (96-69 in seventh season)

2014 results: 12-16 (5-7 Hoosier Conference), lost to North Vermillion in sectional opener.

Top offensive players: Emily Burks, sr., SS (.494, 33 runs, 17 RBIs, 14 stolen bases); Alexa Hruskovich, so., C/Util. (.429, 18 runs, 2 HR, 22 RBIs, 9 stolen bases); Sydney Sterrett, so., OF (.325, 22 runs, 10 RBIs, 10 stolen bases); Jenna Corbett, sr., Util. (.309, 10 runs, 19 RBIs); Bethany Wagner, jr., Util. (1 HR); Elise Comella, sr., OF

Top pitchers: Megan Haan, sr. (4-6, 691/3 innings, 59 hits, 105 BB, 34 K); Kate Rosebraugh, so. (5-7, 721/3 innings, 57 hits, 29 BB, 33 K); Zoey Fields, so.

Outlook: The Knights return a strong offensive contingent. Pitching was a position of varsity inexperience a year ago. Experience gained last season will be crucial moving forward for a team expecting to catch a few squads by surprise with a mix of talented returnees and freshmen.

Faith Christian Eagles

Coach: John Hudelson (14-9 in second season)

2014 results: 14-9, lost to Carroll in sectional semifinal.

Top offensive players: Shelby Hudelson, jr., P/1B (.431, 23 runs, 18 RBIs, 16 stolen bases); Aubrey Adamson, so., SS (.423, 17 runs, 8 stolen bases); Hayley Linback, sr., 2B/P (.412, 27 runs, 17 RBIs, 19 stolen bases); Cindy Bolander, jr., OF (.294, 9 runs); Lyndsey Smith, jr., 1B (.260, 13 runs, 1 HR, 18 RBIs, 8 stolen bases); Lexi Schnarr, so., OF/P (.250, 10 runs); Abby Johnson, jr., OF/3B

Top pitchers: Hudelson (11-8, 1262/3 innings, 2.16 ERA, 121 hits, 41 BB, 141 K); Linback (2-0, 131/3 innings, 25 hits, 24 BB, 15 K)

Outlook: With eight veteran players back and six new additions, the Eagles expect improvement from last year’s 14-9 squad that dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to semistate finalist Carroll in the sectional.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Dick Mitchell (63-51 in fifth season)

2014 results: 25-3, defeated Lafayette Jeff in sectional championship, lost to Hamilton Southeastern in regional championship

Top offensive players: Kaitlynn Moody, sr., P/1B (.437, 18 runs, 4 HR, 33 RBIs); Katie Knox, jr., 2B (.393, 15 runs, 20 RBIs); Shailen Johnson, sr., OF (.395, 22 runs, 4 HR, 30 RBIs); Maggie Shandrick, sr., OF (.360, 33 runs, 10 RBIs, 18 stolen bases); Sydney Scott, jr., OF (.355, 21 runs, 23 stolen bases); Kalyn Revord, sr., P/1B/3B (.320, 10 runs, 3 HR, 20 RBIs); Savannah Gault, sr., 2B/3B (.320 15 runs, 14 RBIs)

Top pitchers: Moody (15-3, 118 innings, 0.65 ERA, 53 hits, 36 BB, 226 K); Maren Fodrea, jr., (6-0, 37 innings, 1.13 ERA, 24 hits, 4 BB, 45 K); Revord (4-0, 28 innings, 1.25 ERA, 15 hits, 10 BB, 26 K)

Outlook: The Raiders went a perfect 9-0 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and now look to carry on league dominance into the North Central Conference. No team boasts more pitching depth in the area, led by IUPUI signee Moody. Seven of nine starters are back from the team that finished last season ranked second in Class 4A.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Lamar Simmons (340-239 in 22nd season)

2014 results: 8-18, lost to Harrison in sectional championship

Top offensive players: Zoee Anderson, sr., OF/SS (.391, 22 runs); Madison Flanagan, sr., 2B/OF (.371, 18 runs); Kirstin Landes, jr., P/3B (.342, 15 runs, 17 RBIs); Zaliyah Johnson, sr., OF (.294, 13 runs); Bailey Ladd, so., C (.274, 16 runs)

Top pitchers: Landes (3-10, 1121/3 innings, 3.80 ERA, 116 hits); Kaylee Cox, jr.

Outlook: The Jeff senior group was starting as freshmen and will lead a team in need of defensive improvement. Anderson and Johnson will continue their long run as teammates as both will play at St. Joseph College next year.

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Kelsey Rummel (first season)

2014 results: 9-19, lost to Logansport in sectional opener.

Top offensive players: Bella Kokocinski, jr., 3B (.387, 15 RBIs, 25 runs); Kallie Summers, sr., SS/P (.316, 11 RBIs); Amber Antczak, jr., C/1B (.294, 17 RB); Courtney Gulick, sr., 1B (.276); Averi Smith, so. (.273); Caroline O’Donnell, sr., OF (.262); Allison Lawson, sr., P; Payton Hiday, sr., 2B

Top pitchers: Hailey Null, so.; Bear Wood, fr.; Summers

Outlook: The Mavericks, under the guidance of former standout Rummel, will look to turn around what was an uncharacteristic losing season a year ago. Several veteran players are back, motivated by last season’s shortcomings as McCutcheon joins a new conference.

West Lafayette Red Devils

Coach: Chauncey Stacy (first season)

2014 results: 18-11 (11-1 Hoosier Conference), lost to Benton Central in sectional semifinal.

Top offensive players: Devin Hainje, sr., 1B/P (.500, 34 runs, 3 HR, 32 RBIs); Sophie Millsaps, sr., OF (.352, 39 runs, 3 HR, 16 RBIs, 12 stolen bases); Tess DeBruyn, jr., P/1B (.357, 6 HR, 30 RBIs); Molly Erb, jr., C (.303, 10 runs, 4 HR, 24 RBIs); Gabi Truitt, jr., 3B (.322, 21 runs, 22 RBIs)

Top pitchers: DeBruyn (17-8, 1521/3 innings, 3.08 ERA, 185 hits, 51 BB, 75 K); Hainje (1-3, 29 innings, 3.38 ERA, 32 hits, 17 BB, 13 K)

Outlook: The defending Hoosier Conference champions return a lot of key pieces to last season’s championship run. A new coach will lead the road to attempting to repeat and perhaps compete for the program’s first sectional title since 2006.

Around the area

Benton Central went 21-8 and advanced to the sectional title game. Back for the Bison is senior pitcher Courtney Best (13-3, 1.34 ERA, .450, 4 HR, 50 RBIs, 34 runs), along with sophomore middle infielder tandem Taylor Tucker (.484, 46 runs, 7 HR, 30 RBIs) and Kelsey Minniear (.412, 35 runs, 1 HR, 18 RBIs). Juniors Kat Bessler (.379) and Kennedy Lewellen (.356) also are back for a team that lost just two seniors.

Winners of three straight regional titles, Carroll will try to take the next step, led by senior pitcher Carly Kingery (.451, 15 RBIs, 35 runs, 24 stolen bases, 16-7, 0.82 ERA, 277 K, 17 BB).

Caitlyn Bradley (10-4, 1.54 ERA, 133 K, .573, 8 HR, 52 RBIs, 22 stolen bases, 41 runs) dominated for Clinton Central both at the plate and in the circle. The senior pitcher also had offensive help on last year’s 19-8 Bulldogs team from Kaylee Walker (.426, 23 runs) and Chelsi Sallee (.404, 15 RBIs).

Several of the top offensive contributors return for Clinton Prairie, including junior outfielder and Purdue verbal commit Madison Douglass (.559, 14 HR, 28 RBIs, 36 runs, 11 stolen bases).

First-year Delphi coach Abbie Tolen looks to retool a young Oracles team that brings back pitchers Jenna Bieghler (6-11, 3.81 ERA) and Kyra Brown (4-2, 3.66), along with junior outfielder Kayli Eli (.409, 30 runs) and sophomore infielder Rylee Lane (.392, 1 HR) returning to lead the offense.

Fountain Central was 10-15 last season and welcomes back plenty of experience, led by shortstops/pitchers Bayli Mitchell (.440, 33 runs, 1 HR, 20 RBIs, 5-7, 3.54 ERA) and Kyla Keeling (.388, 28 runs, 16 RBIs). Outfielder Jenna Royer (.344, 1 HR, 19 RBIs) and senior catcher Mary Frazee (.293, 2 HR, 20 RBIs) also return.

Coming off a 17-12 season, a young Frontier squad has no seniors. Leading the Falcons into 2015 are juniors Abbie Mikesell (.304, 26 runs, 17 stolen bases) and Savanna Harrison (7-3, 2.31 ERA, 52 K).

Rossville will hope its fortunes turn on the strength of a talented freshman class and a transfer. The Hornets went just 1-19 last season, but do return senior second baseman Scotlynn Mathews (.302, 10 runs, 6 stolen bases).

Sophomore pitcher Madison Cooksey (13-7, 2.53 ERA, 124 K, .426, 2 HR, 22 RBIs) is among a strong group of returning talent for Seeger that includes senior shortstop Nellie Andrews (.352, 6 HR, 27 RBIs) and juniors Abby Baker (.341), Morgan Rademacher (.321) and Catilyn Lindsey (.306).

Southmont is coming off a state finals appearance, dropping a heartbreaker in the Class 2A title game. Seven seniors are back, including Morgan Laws (.307, 4-0, 1.20 ERA), Rachel Welliever (.305, 18 RBIs) and Brook England (.387, 1 HR, 22 RBIs), along with sophomore Sydney Casteel (.417, 24 runs, 1 HR, 35 RBIs).

Compiled by Sam King/sking@jconline.com


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