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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