Ladycats make improvements and start the season off strong

The Ladycat softball team has worked hard in the offseason to improve from last season. The Ladycats season ended last year in the second round of districts to Lone Jack. The Ladycats lost three varsity seniors, those being Taylor Howe, Karlie Jones, and Madison Coskey. They have also gained many freshmen this season that have proven to be valuable assets to the team and add a deeper depth to the team.

   “We have a large class of freshmen who are really talented. While at our first tournament in Arkansas, several got playing time and they gave us a lot of options for moving players around to find the best defensive fit. This year, we really expect them to push the upperclassman to work hard at practice and compete for a position on the field everyday,” head coach Megan Daleske said.

   The Ladycats have high expectations for themselves and the team this season as well.

  “I expect our team to get past districts this year and work better as a team and build our chemistry,” sophomore pitcher Brylee Brewster said.

    “My expectations for this season are positive. I have high hopes for this season, and staying positive gives players confidence and helps to feed their love for this sport,” junior Olivia Strange said.

   Many players have set their own personal goals for this season, either that of being a better teammate or improving their skills towards a certain thing.

   “My goal for this season is to be the best I can be for my team, to be successful in everything I do and work hard,” senior Jaine Kilgore said.
  Some of the Ladycats play summer and fall softball during the offseason to put in more work and get better, one of those players being freshman Tana Howe. During the offseason, she plays for the KC Peppers and she travels to different states playing bigger, and more competitive teams.

   “Playing for the KC Peppers all year round helps me become a better player because we play very good competition and most of the girls we play go on to play college softball,” Howe said. 

   With the beginning of a new season the Ladycats are looking forward to what is going to come their way this season and overcome the challenges they may face throughout the season. They fell to 10-4 after an April 13 loss to Crest Ridge, 1-4.