Hornets Softball Small in Numbers
Entering his first year as Hundred’s head softball coach, Steve Dakan has a few returning letter-winners back. However, with only 10 players out this season, Dakan can’t afford an injury or sickness to any of his players if the team wants to stay afloat this year.
The loss of Paige Shriver to graduation will hurt substantially, but with veteran assistant coach Roger Tustin on board, the Hornets should be okay if the flu-bug or injuries do not infiltrate the team.
Three seniors will lead the Hornets as returning letter-winners, Meliah Umstead, Mady Wheeler and Emily Rine, while the fourth senior, Hanna Longwell will solidify a strong senior-laden team.
Umstead and Wheeler will take turns on the mound, while the other catches. Meanwhile, the talented Rine will at one time or another play every position on the field, along with junior Sydney Houle, and classmate Madeline Goff.
“With only 10 players out this season, we will need to be very versatile on the field if we want to be successful,” said Coach Dakan. “The girls are all working very hard. They are taking in all what we want to accomplish this season. If the girls listen and work hard on their game, we will turn some heads by tournament time.”
At first base, the Hornets will use sophomore Lexi Bragg, while juniors Macy Long and classmate Miranda Gray will compete with Rine at second, and play the outfield. Junior Brittany Tustin looks to get a good look at the mound, while filling in either in the out-field or the infield depending on who pitches.
The Hornets open the season on the road March 17 and 21 against Cameron (6 p.m.) and Paden City (5 p.m.), respectively.
Hundred will host its home-opener March 23 at 4:30 p.m. in a double-header with Fairmont Senior.