WYANDOTTE — They’re solid, but just don’t have a lot of numbers.
Coach Kendall Young reports that only 11 players are out for softball at Wyandotte, but “we’re solid.”
The Lady Wildcats opened the season 2-0 sweep of Commerce.
“We don’t have very many numbers, but I can really say we are solid 1 through 9,” Wyandotte coach Kendall Young said. “Hopefully nothing happens.”
The Lady Bears return five starters from a team that went 23-13.
They swept Commerce 20-2 and 10-0 in district play then went 1-2 in the regional, falling to Fairland twice.
WHS dropped a 10-3 decision to the Lady Owls in the opener, eliminated Chouteau 12-2 then suffered a 10-5 loss to Fairland in the losers’ bracket final.
They graduated Aranda Nair, Elizabeth Mensink, Grace Parmley and Kylie Severs.
Finding a replacement for the pitching tandem of Mensink and Nair in the circle is the top priority for Young. Both earned all-conference honors.
Mensink went 17-7 with a 1.51 earned run average over 123.0 innings.
Nair was limited to 17 appearances (6-6, 1.43 ERA) while recovering from a torn ACL during basketball.
“We scrimmaged Jay Friday and I was pleased, very pleased,” Young said. “We scored 10 runs off them. Jay’s not bad.
“I am very happy with our lineup.”
Taking over in the circle is freshman Gracie Turner, a transfer from Quapaw.
Returning seniors are Makinze Powell at third and Tarrah Stephens and Jillian Swanger in the outfield.
Other starters back are sophomore Ally Bartley at catcher, sophomore Jennelle Lundien at shortstop and sophomore Haley Hart at second.
Junior Katelyn Hawkins takes over at first base and junior Carsyn Severs will be in the outfield.
Lost freshman Mallory Butterfield for the season when she suffered a ACL tear during warm ups before the Lady Bears’ first summer league basketball game at Quapaw.
“We are young still, but not young. We had freshmen and sophomores that started every game last year,” Young said.
“We will be OK if we stay healthy because we are not weak at any defensive spots,” he said. “I think we can go make plays.”
For the first time, Class 2A will have district play like the larger classes.
The Lady Bears have been assigned to District 2A-8, which includes Fairland, Commerce, Quapaw, Hulbert, Chouteau, Colcord and Ketchum.