Lewis County enters 2012 with one of the more experienced teams in the Big 10. With eight returning regulars, including a pair of standout hurlers, the expectations are high in South Weston. Also, athletic director Melissa Riley is returning to the dugout as head coach.
"I can't wait to get the season under way, and I am excited to be back in coaching," Riley said. "I have missed the interaction that coaches and players have. If this year's squad will buy into the team concept, they will be very competitive."
Leading the way for the Minutemaids will be a pair of standout returning pitchers: senior Shelby Hall and sophomore Tori Riley. They will be joined by a pair of returning catchers in senior Hannah Simmons and sophomore Kaylee Pethtel. These battery mates return a large amount of experience in total innings.
The Lewis County softball team will return a strong group of players in 2012. Kayla Osborn, front, Shelby Hall, left, and Tori Riley will look to help lead the charge.
Riley's troops also include the return of starting infielders Kayla Osborn, Ashley Murray and Cheyianna Watson. The outfield sports a key returnee in senior Amber Riffle. Riley notes that all of the positions are up for grabs, and there could be several players on the roster seeing a lot of playing time.
"This year's team will have a good mix of younger players and veteran players," Riley said. "This year's team has limitless potential - they can be as good as they want to be."
The Minutemaids will open the season on March 21 at Braxton County.