Stall softball ready to compete this spring
By C.R. Cumbee
North Charleston—Stall softball coach Jessica Blume has been in the process of rebuilding the program and will have an even steeper uphill climb after losing five seniors from last year’s squad. However, the Warriors are taking a positive approach to the 2017 campaign.
“I have a lot of girls who have never played before. A lot of kids who came out have never seen a softball game before. My expectation is to continue what we did last year by showing teams we will not lay down and let them run over us. We want to give everyone a run for their money this year,” Blume said.
While the majority of the roster lacks experience, there are a couple of consistent performers near the top of the order. Freshman third baseman Jessica Haynes and seventh-grade second baseman Kinleigh Mines will be the players who are looked to for guidance and production.
“They’ve both played travel ball for several years so they know how to read situations and know what to do even if I don’t tell them specifically,” Blume said. “Jessica has taken that leadership role upon herself to make sure everything is getting done that needs to get done.”
There are no seniors on the team this spring, and the oldest players are centerfielder Tatiana Smalls and pitcher Gabrielle D’Amico, both juniors.
Three other freshmen are also in the lineup, with Ciara Gretz at catcher, Jada Morgan at first base, and Sydney Strauss in right field. Eighth-grader Hannah Bendure earned the starting nod at shortstop.
Sophomore Katerin Orellana will be in left field while eighth-graders Ofelia Pascual and Kyla Conyers are backup outfielders. Orellana and Pascual have shown great improvement so far.
“She has just grown so much since she first came out for the team,” Blume said of Orellana. “From the preseason work that we’ve done, the one who has shocked me the most is Ofelia. She came in not knowing how to throw or catch, but she is one of the most aggressive right fielders I have seen in years.”
Stall opens the regular season March 10 at home with a doubleheader against conference member Beaufort.