H-D Softball Looks For Success One Pitch At A Time
BY DAVE SHEA
Hermon-DeKalb's first year Girls Softball Coach Bob Bice feels that his Green Demons are equipped tp have an outstanding season in the pitching rich NAC West Division.
But he feels that they will have to do it one pitch at a time.
"We have been stressing to control what we can control and that everyone has a job to do on every pitch," said Coach Bice.
"Our veterans have really stepped up and taken that on and our younger girls really look up to them."
The Demons have the potential to win every pitch with two outstanding pitchers in senior Bri Grant and junior Rylie Hale and an offensive lineup which Coach Bice feels should be very solid.
"Bri Grant and Rylie Hale play softball all year round and they are really outstanding which it comes to the game," said Coach Bice.
"They are going to pitch a lot of softball for us this year and I think we will be a very good hitting team. The big thing this season will be getting ready for the season. Normally we have four weeks of practice but this year we have one week. But we are going to scrimmage Heuvelton and play Canton in a doubleheader so we will see some really good pitching before we start league play."
Freshman Bailey Wright has made the move to the varsity to handle the catching duties.
"We have only been practicing for four days but Bailey is developing quickly and adapting to the type of pitches Bri and Rylie throw. She is very strong and hits the ball well," said Coach Bice.
Other returning seniors for H-D are: centerfielder Audri Tehonica and infielder Tessa Garvey.
Hale is part of a deep junior class which includes: Hannah Gollinger (secondbase, infield), Morgan Nolan (thirdbase, infield), Sierra Riley (outfield), Jocelyn Manzer (outfield), Taylor Daniels (catcher-outfield), Madison Wright (firstbase) and McKenzie Schumacher (outfield).
Two sophomores in Olivia Sharpe and Abby French are both competing for playing time in the outfield.