The Melcher-Dallas varsity softball team was one game away from the state tournament last season. Hopes are very high for this year, as the team returns seven of nine starters.
Emilie Krpan was one of the starters lost. She was not only the ace of the Saints’ pitching staff, but one of the best hurlers in the state last season.
Head Coach Jim Crozier believes he will have plenty of talent in the circle this season, beginning with freshman BrieAnna Remster.
Key returners for the Saints this season include Haley Godfrey, Riley Enfield, Kacey Enfield, Kynser Reed, Angel Beaty, Grace Overgaard and Lilly Bennett. Factoring in the late start of the season, Crozier says when these players took the field this week, it was as if no time had passed at all.
Crozier has not determined who will fill the starting job for second base and right field, but he has until the season opener against Murray, June 16, to decide.
Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars battled for supremacy in the Bluegrass Conference last season, with the Sabers sweeping the regular season and the Saints winning in the playoffs. The fact both teams have to play each other in the first round disappoints Crozier, as he knows both teams are worthy of extended playoff runs. He believes the Marion County teams will again dominate the conference.
The Saints have 21 games scheduled for the season. The Twin Cedars game will be played at Melcher-Dallas on June 18. Look to the Tribune for more on the Saints through the season.