Logansport’s softball team is looking to post an improved season from a year ago when the Berries finished with a record of 13-13.
“We’re healthy this year which is going to help,” Logan coach Jim Bacon said. “We’ll be better this year.”
Emily Prentice has fully recovered from a back injury that limited her a year ago and the junior will join Bailie Long in the pitcher’s circle this year. Long posted a 2.51 ERA as a freshman a year ago.
“Emily is healthy and with her and Bailie pitching we’ll be stronger there,” Bacon said. “I plan on using both in the same game. We’ll probably do that and see if that works, hopefully it does. They are two totally different pitchers. I think that will help us.”
The catchers will be Sydney Thompson and Bailey Kelley, an All-Loganland selection at shortstop last season who hit .325 with a team-high 27 RBIs.
Kennedy Curl and Kennadee Yeagley are the first basemen. Kristie Flora returns at second base. Mallory Rowe and Chelsey Haskett are the third basemen. Thompson, Prentice and freshman Abbi Zartman are the shortstops.
The outfield will consist of Jennifer Kreighbaum, Lauren Pruitt, Katrina Neuendorf and Zartman. Bailey Graham is out at least the first month of the season with a foot injury.
“We’ve got some younger girls who have a lot of speed who will help our outfield,” Bacon said. “We had our scrimmage at Pioneer and the girls worked really well together. They had a lot of communication and put the ball in play and moved the runners.”
Huntington North looks to be the favorite in the North Central Conference with Miss Softball candidate Erin Rethlake.
The sectional favorite appears to be Harrison, which has added Lafayette Jeff ace Kaitlynn Moody via a transfer.