County competition will be tough to begin the year and as the Quakers head through the season. With some good conference competition, teams will likely give Plainfield their best performances. All of that should toughen the Quakers up for another postseason run.
“It speaks well of the county to have two Hendricks County teams in the state championship back-to-back (years),” he said. “I think the county should be strong again with all teams being contenders as well as at their sectionals. Conference is still going to be tough for us as Greenwood is very strong.”
Coming off its school’s first-ever sectional title last season, the Bethesda softball team is primed to make another run as they return a bulk of their roster. After winning a title and returning a majority of its roster, many teams would look ahead thinking of greater accomplishments.
Not so for coach Terry Benge and the Patriots as he wants his young squad to focus on improving throughout the season and let the cards fall where they may come sectional time.
“We don’t feel a sense of urgency but we are really concentrating on one win, one game at a time,” he said. “We’re a young team, so to be looking at sectionals or beyond right now I feel would be a mistake.”
Returning to lead the Patriots are seniors Jordan Benge and Kendra Okey.
“Kendra will be the balance point in centerfield and Jordan will be leading our infield from the shortstop position,” Benge said.
Sophomore Kylie Minton led Bethesda both offensively and from the mound last year. Minton tallied a .500 batting average with 24 RBI and finished 8-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
“Kylie did an outstanding job as a freshman starting pitcher last year and has only gotten stronger and more mature as a sophomore,” Benge said.