Fayette softball preview 4.2

Written by David Green.

Fayette softball coach Sheila Killam wants to see her Eagles pick up from where they left off last year—and then some.

That extra boost would come from the experience gained last year, plus the luxury of having more than a single pitcher.

Killam likes the sight of more than one pitcher ready to throw. Last year’s predicament led to a shaky start when returner Shenae Nuoffer was injured.

Several girls tried to fill the gap, but none were ready to become instant pitchers.

Nuoffer, a junior, is back on the mound to start this season, and she’ll have help from classmate Danni Wyse who did some throwing last season, along with freshman Rachel Seiler who pitched in summer league play.

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“We have quite a few back, but we’re still pretty young,” Coach Killam said.

She’s seeing a desire to improve among team members and she expects that will lead to gains.

“Overall, the girls have been working really hard and showing a lot of heart. I think they want to get better. I think we’ll have a fun season.”

The Eagles were scheduled to open the season at home Monday with a visit from Emmanuel Christian, but that contest was rescheduled April 7 due to weather conditions. A trip to Edgerton was on the schedule Tuesday, followed by a double-header Saturday morning at Cardinal Stritch.

After non-conference contests with Montpelier and Waldron, Fayette opens BBC play at home April 14 against North Central.

Killam will be assisted by Andrea Jacobs, and Jenny Bates is volunteering time to help the squad.

Killam thinks the Eagles just might surprise a few people on their way to improving on last year’s 5-14 mark. Those losses included some close scores and some games in which Fayette gave up a lead.

“Maybe this year we’ll be able to pull it out in those close games,” Killam said. “I really hope their hard work pays off for them.”

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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