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Lady Tigers will rely on veterans

April 18, 2013
dsp By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer (adavis@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

The Elkins High School softball team returns four seniors off of last year's 9-12 campaign for second-year coach Corrine Palmer.

The Lady Tigers will open up the season Monday as they host Tygarts Valley for a doubleheader.

The Lady Tigers, who lost in the sectionals last season, return the following seniors: Lindsay Silvester, Michaela Lewis-Lambert, Kelsi Trippett and Kari Rudiger.

Lewis-Lambert will be the team's top pitcher again this season. She pitched in every game last year, striking out 150 batters and walking 38.

"We need a good season from Michaela," Palmer said. "We have to give her run support and play defense behind her in the field."

Trippett will be in the infield, while Rudiger and Silvester will battle for playing time in the outfield.

"We're expecting big things from Kelsi this season," Palmer said. "Lindsay got hurt last year and missed all of the season due to an injury, so where hoping for big things from her this year."

Juniors Madison Collett and Larel Teter also will look to see time in the infield this season for the Lady Tigers.

"Madison was injured last season, so we're hoping she can help contribute this year, Palmer said. "Larel started in the infield for us last year and will expect her to see time again in the infield this upcoming season."

Sophomores Hailey Collins, Taylor Pingley and Jordan Hart also are expected to see time as well for Elkins.

Hart returns to the infield, while Collins and Pingley will see time in the outfield for the Lady Tigers.

"Hart started as a freshman and we're looking for big things from her with a year under her belt," Palmer said. "Collins and Pingley will also be counted on to produce.

"We've got a good group of freshmen this year and I think some of them could see playing time."

The Lady Tigers will play their Big 10 Conference schedule, along with non-conference games against Tygarts Valley, Petersburg, East Hardy, Tucker County, Hampshire and Webster County.

"We're looking forward to getting the season started," Palmer said. "We have a very tough schedule and we'll need to be ready to play every time we go on the field."

 
 

 

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