With two returning all-state players in a lineup mixed with experienced and younger Lady Indians, Van-Far softball coach Kelly Borchert is hoping her squad can advance deep into the postseason this year.
In 2017, the Lady Indians were 16-10 and were led by five departing seniors.
“The upcoming season is always exciting to get underway,” Borchert noted.
“We are looking to be a good all-around team this season. The girls have been putting in a lot of work to improve on both sides of the ball.”
Returning to the squad is all-state shortstop Jordan Garner, all-state outfielder Makayla McAfee, all-regional and utility player/pitcher Jaylee Jennings, all-district catcher Mallory Williams, along with Alivia Graddy (CF) and Colby Walton (P).
New to the varsity lineup is Aubrey Bunge (LF), Alyse Jensen, Haley Baskett (1B), and Devyn Keller (3B/P).
There are 23 girls out for the team this season.
“We are excited to have this many girls interested in the softball program,” Borchert said.
During the offseason, Borchert’s players hit the weight room and many players also played in a summer league in Centralia and at Community R-VI.
A hitting camp was also held.
The focus of her team is to take each game one inning at a time, make adjustments quick, and be solid all the way through the lineup.
Borchert noted that her team’s strength is that her players are working hard and wanting to continue to get better.
The three keys to the team’s season is to never give up, be competitive, and to strive for greatness.
The Lady Indians will open their season in the Hallsville Tournament this weekend at 8 a.m. vs. Southern Boone on Saturday, August 25.
A win or a loss gives them an 11 a.m. game. Consolations or the third place game is at 2 p.m. and the championship game is at 3:30 p.m.
Van-Far’s first home game will be played on Monday, September 27 against Calvary Lutheran at 5 p.m.