Bringing back both pitchers — seniors Kayle Comer and Rachel Fiscus — is a positive heading into the season.
“When they’re on, they’re consistent and keep us in ballgames by allowing few big hits and keeping runners off the bases by striking out a few hitters and walking almost none,” Huffman said. “That’s exactly what we need from them.”
The team is also more balanced this season with four seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and two freshmen.
“We have a good mix of reliable veteran players and young talent,” Huffman said. “If we can bring out the skills, leadership, and energy from both groups and form a cohesive unit, we should be set up to have a successful season.”
Returning Bulldogs looking to help lead the way this season include Carlie Weaver and Jessica Blystone.
“We also have a couple of key offensive players returning and we’ll be needing their bats to lead the way each game, especially as the younger girls adjust to the higher level of competition,” Huffman said.
Expecting to make a new impact this season are sophomores Gabrielle Hall, Kelsey Reinhardt, and Lindsey Stahl and freshmen Ally Carver and Taylor Mendenhall.
“We have several new sophomores and a couple of freshmen who bring great defensive talent and definite offensive potential to our lineups,” Huffman said. “We’re depending on them to contribute from the start and we’ll be asking them to be key players from the get-go.”
Performance in a tough Hoosier Crossroads Conference, county tournament and sectional is tough to gauge at this point, but the potential is there.
“As with most teams, it will depend on how well all facets of our game are functioning together at the same time,” Huffman said. “If we can get our pitching, defense, and offense all meeting their potential simultaneously, we should be able to do well in each of those competitions.”