An experienced nucleus returns for the Danville softball team in 2013.
Last year, the Warriors went 10-18 and made it to the 2012 sectional championship game. This year’s team believes it can build off of last season and hopes to be at least .500 and compete for a sectional title.
“We’ve added more speed to the team this season,” second-year Danville coach Jennifer Chasteen said. “Our hitting has really picked up and we’re more experienced on the field.”
Danville lost only three seniors last year and Chasteen said she believes the core returning will continue to improve.
“I’m already seeing growth from last season,” she said. “We’re able to focus on making the next play instead of only focusing on the first out. We were able to put a lot of underclassmen out on the field last year, and the experience that they gained is making a huge difference already in practice. I feel like I have a whole team of leaders and coaches out there on the field.”
Junior Delaney Stephens was first-team all-Sagamore Conference last year after registering 26 RBI, a .557 batting average, 20 stolen bases, seven doubles, and two home runs.
“Stephens is a huge threat on the left side as she’s able to keep the defense off balance with slapping and hitting,” Chasteen said. “Stephens is very intimidating in the box, and will help us set the tone for the game with her hitting.”
Senior Kaitlyn Williamson provided a solid bat for the Warriors last year as she went .396 from the plate and added 18 stolen bases, 20 RBI, and two home runs. She signed with Marian University to continue her softball career this fall.
“Williamson batted cleanup for us last year and she was able to come through with some big hits when we really needed them,” Chasteen said. “She is definitely a game changer when she’s in the box.”