Softball season begins this coming week, starting with the Hendricks County tournament for most teams.
Plainfield took home a state championship last year and many other squads in the county were also very successful and look to be this season as well.
By winning the school’s second team state championship in its history with a fantastic postseason run, the Quakers softball team enters this year in unfamiliar territory. As the defending state champs, Plainfield coach Brad Beaman knows his team will be under fire each game, getting their opponents’ best efforts each time out.
“After last season, we’ll have targets on our backs,” Beaman said. “We’ve talked about the fact that last season is last season and we have to focus on this season right now. One pitch at a time, one game at time, and as long as we continue to get better as we go, then we can have success this season.”
Plainfield will rely heavily on seniors Erin Laswell, Brooke Bryant, Maggie Stahl, and Mackenzie Jeffries.
As a group, Beaman said they provide “some strong senior leadership that I will depend on as the season goes.”
The Quakers will need all the help they can get as they lost three starters from last year and their starting pitcher. Laswell will take over a bulk of the pitching duties.
However, the entire infield returns from last season for the Quakers, minus their catcher. Mackenzie Reeder holds down third, Maggie Stahl takes up shortstop, Jeffries anchors second, and Kelsey Bruhn will be at first. Bryant is the lone returner in the outfield.
Offensively, Beaman said he hopes the team will start off where they ended last season, combining for well over a .350 batting average as a team.
“With some help from some younger players, we hope to be solid,” Beaman said. “Our goal this season is to be fundamentally sound and to believe in each other and finish strong.”