Farwell softball full of talented youngsters

By Ben Murphy

They may only have four returning players from last year’s squad that went 24-10 but sixth year head coach Steve Klinge isn’t letting that put a damper on his expectations for the upcoming season.

“We are a young team, but very talented,” he said. “We will try and use our speed on the bases to make things happen for us. I like what I see so far but we have a long way to go to get to where we need to be. I do think we will hit really well despite being so young.”

Returning to the team are juniors Emily Ruckle (center field), Kayla Cotton (left field), Caron White (pitcher, first base) and sophomore Kate Saupe. (pitcher, first base).

New to the team are juniors Sammi Latting (outfield), Lauren Ringwalt (catcher, outfield), Haley Henry (outfield), Jenny McKinley (catcher, infield), Nina Buccilli (second base), sophomore Jessie Theisen (third base), along with freshmen Alysha Luster (shortstop, pitcher) and Kelsey Seiter (catcher). Rebekah Averill (outfield) is also new to the team, though a grade level was not provided.

“We have three good pitchers, which will keep us in any game,” Klinge said. “Saupe is expected to do big things for us, along with White, Ruckle and Cotton. All of these girls have varsity experience and we need them to lead us.”

The coach expects the Jack Pine Conference to be stronger than last season, leaving him anxious to see his inexperienced players develop quickly.

“The JPC is a tough conference and seems to be getting tougher,” Klinge said. “I think we can find ourselves in the mix but we definitely have to play error free and find ways to score runs. Meridian, Clare, Beaverton and Harrison will all be tough again this year.”

Farwell opens its season at Swan Valley on April 13.

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