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Lady Demons seek district softball title this spring

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By Paul Gable

Dugout Discussion with Williamstown Softball Coach Mark Wilhoit

Q: Who are some of your top returning players, and why?

A: Amanda Goodrich, Emily Webster, Jaclyn Stith, Amber Vance, Ashlee Holt, Tori Wilhoit and Emma Harris. All of these players are returning starters from last year's team, and our experience level returning is good.

Q: Who are some notable newcomers that could make an impact?

A: Freshmen Ali Rich and Chelsea West have been nice surprises so far. Ali has a nice glove and is strong with the bat. Chelsea can play either infield or outfield and is working hard in the cage for us.

Q: Who will back up junior ace Amanda Goodrich at pitcher?

A: Eighth grader Emma Harris will be our number two pitcher. She has picked up some speed and control over the winter.

Q: What are some team strengths this year?

A: I feel our experience will help us. I also think we will hit the ball better than we did last year. That has been a big focus for us this spring.

Q: What areas do you hope to see improvement throughout the year?

A: I would like for us to become more solid on the defensive side of the game. We were decent last year, but I think we can get a lot better with our defense.

Q: What are some team goals this year?

A: Win the district and make a good showing in the region, win the All "A" Championship and every other tournament we are entered in and win at least 20 games.

Q: How will your team stack up against others in your district?

A: I think the district is wide open. Simon Kenton returns quite a few of their players and will be tough. Walton-Verona is young and improving. Grant County is filling in some holes lost to graduation, but coach Marlon Gregg will have them ready. If we play to our potential, I feel we will compete for the district championship.