The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team is entering the 2015 season with a lot of optimism for what this year might bring to the program.
With several key returning players along with freshmen who have traveling softball experience, the Lady Indians may finish the year with a successful run in the postseason for first year head coach Kelly Orf.
Orf, who is in her fourth year coaching in the softball program, is taking the head coaching position from Wes Rowden. Rowden has reversed roles and is Orf’s assistant coach.
“I’m looking for us to be over .500 and a district championship,” Orf said.
The Lady Indians are led by returning all-conference and all-district senior catcher Madison Orr.
Last season, Orr had the best on-base% and most runs scored.
Other seniors include Hailey Hopke (RF), Renee Nelson (1B), and Lindsey Nitcher (OF).
Jayda Borgmeyer (SS) is also returning after missing last year due to an injury.
Freshmen Jayle Jennings (P) and Jordan Garner (CF) will be making major contributions to the team, bringing with them a lot of traveling softball experience.
Orf said Jennings will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher.
“I’m looking forward to her having a breakout season, both offensively and defensively,” Orf said. “She will be in the top four of my lineup. I just want to see her hit her spots (on the mound) and be really in control of the game.”
Offensively, she expects her returning seniors along with her freshmen newcomers to help score a lot of runs and get some big at-bats.
Orf said Garner hit a home run in nearly every game as an 8th grader.
The Lady Indians offense also has three left-handed batters.
Defensively, Orf said her squad will be strong and mentally tough.
The Lady Indians open their season at home on Tuesday, August 25 at 5 p.m. against Paris.