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Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles
Softball team works on field and skills

Gary Franklin

As spring sports draws ever closer, preparations for the field and spring practice are being executed by the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles softball teams behind second year Head Coach Jake Todd, JV Coach Josie Goldberry and volunteer assistant Mark Carroll.

The team has been working to fix up the softball diamond and is anxiously awaiting an opportunity to get down to the real business of practicing and playing softball. With the diamond in pretty solid shape, the team had been practicing a few drills, giving heed to loosening up gradually. Along with the early conditioning, the dugouts also were found to need some repair and a little TLC. Coach Todd and crew took on the task of cleaning them out, scraping chipped paint off the exterior and applying a fresh coat

JCD Lady Eagles clean up ball field GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
the Jac-Cen-Del High School Lady Eagles Softball Team works together to paint the dugout red, after hammering in loose nails and scraping off the flaking white paint. Below, the painting continues along with hanging the outside of the batting cage in the background. With teamwork, much was accomplished in little time; then off for spring break!

The work on the diamond helped to bring about the unity of the team and see what they can accomplish through hard work. Satisfaction through accomplishment in a team effort! Now every time they head out to the field, they can be proud knowing that they made the improvements with their own sweat and labor. Coach Todd looks forward to new season. He anticipates and expects that his second season as the Lady Eagled softball head coach will be better than the last for his team Not in any way taking away from last year’s team efforts, but now this year’s team can come together with a better understanding of expectations and what specific needs former players had that need to be honed. The team only lost two seniors to graduation: starters Jacqlyn Menchhofer and Tiffany Burton. Coach Todd stated that he is impressed with the open gym activity of the desiring players and their attitudes and work ethic on the field since March 7, which was the first day of IHSAA eligibility for coaches to have formal practice with spring sports teams.

Returning to action are seniors Hayley Bruns, short-stop; Elizabeth Abel, catcher; and Ashley Veerkamp, second baseman; junior outfielders Kayla Bowling and Karley Asche, along with all-ORVC pitcher, now a sophomore, Morgen Carroll. Expected to add to the team’s opportunities are new players and returning JV Lady Eagles which include seniors Andrea Adams and Kaitlyn Moore, and juniors Brittany Pickett, Meghan Tunny and Catherine Crase, along with sophomore Baylee Dwenger. Anticipated varsity pitchers at this time for the Lady Eagles varsity include sophomore Morgen Carroll, senior Andrea Adams, and junior Brittany Pickett.

Weather permitting, the Lady Eagles are anxiously awaiting the season’s opening with their first game slated against Batesville Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 5 Batesville High School.

Rivalry Plot Thickens

Coach Jake Todd has a familiar rival in the South Ripley Lady Raiders, as again this season his wife Kate Todd heads South Ripley’s Lady Raiders softball program. When do rivalries become more intense than between two neighboring schools? When they are coached by husband and wife. We wish both solid success with their programs, along with Head Coach Yatzie Roysden and his Milan Lady Indians.

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