If the adage that there's strength is numbers is true, then the Linsly softball team should have another fine season on the diamond in the Leatherwood section of the Friendly City.
The Cadets have 19 players on the roster, with eight of them lettering a season ago.
"Our number of players has doubled from last year," third-year head coach Amanda Smith said. "We have a lot of returning players and a lot of new players which makes for a good mix. We're really counting on our returning players to step up and lead our younger players."
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PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the Linsly softball team. Front row, from left, are Katie Smith, Sarah Johnson and Ava Tennant. Back row, from left, are Abby Miller, Katie Gideon, America Nuckles-Polen and Morgan Brunner. Not pictured is Danielle Muster.
Heading up the list of returnees are seniors Sarah Johnson (P), Danielle Muster (C) and Ava Tennant (3B), all of whom are returning letterwinners.
The junior class includes letterwinners Abby Miller (2B), Katie Gedeon (1B) and Katie Smith (P). Allie Deschamps (OF) completed the junior class.
Talented Morgan Brunner (SS) and America Nuckles-Polen (OF) lettered as freshmen. The other sophomore is Paiton Knowles (P).
The freshmen class has eight members on the roster. They are Vivian Allison (3B/P), Amelia Jones (C), April Knight (2B), Chantal Naum (OF), Hope Ruza (P), Kaitlyn Schau (SS), Julie Songer (OF) and Taylor Wisvari-Weir (OF).
"Overall, we were pleased with our season last year," Smith said. "The girls worked hard every practice and game, and we improved their record from the previous year. Our goal this year is to improve upon last year, work hard and play even harder."
Lost to graduation was all-Valley product Emma Cecil.
Smith is assisted by Darryl Crews, Kayla Seidler, Aslynn Reisinger, Bill Bryson, Maggie Allison and Ashley Yereb.
The Cadets play the same schedule as last spring. They actually opened their season last week against Madonna.
The balance of the schedule is as follows:
March 27 - at Weir; March 29 - at River (DH), 1 p.m.; April 1 - at Martins Ferry; April 2 - Shenandoah; April 3 - Bridgeport; April 4 - Tyler; April 5 - at Bellaire (DH), Noon; April 7 - at Madonna; April 9 - at East Liverpool; April 10 - Wheeling Central (at I-470); April 11 - at Magnolia Tournament; April 12 - at Magnolia Tournament; April 14 - at Shenandoah; April 15 - at Monroe Central; April 17 - Wheeling Central; April 21 - at Toronto; April 22 - at Bridgeport; April 25 - at Steubenville Central; April 26 - Barnesville (DH), 4 p.m.; May 6 - at Barnesville