By Jon Watje
Minco softball will be a force to reckon with this season.
The Lady Bulldogs are returning eight starters from last year’s team that went 28-6 and hosted a regional. The season starts Monday, Aug. 8 as Minco hosts Bridge Creek.
“We have five seniors on this year’s team,” said Coach Jason Little. “Monica Munn is one of our best pitchers and she is injured right now, but when she returns she will get a lot of work. I also have a move-in named Dariane Courtney who I have been very pleased with.”
Offense should not be an issue for Minco as they return Gus Duty and several other big bats.
“Gus is an excellent ball player and my top five hitters can really swing it,” Little said. “As a team, we had 30 homeruns last year.”
This year’s team has 15 players and many of those have started the last three years.
“We have a lot of experience on this team and a lot of depth,” Little said. “We have had four scrimmages and we won all of them.”
Minco’s softball program went from competing in Class 2A to Class A this year. The classification is based on class sizes of schools.
“It will be a little different and we were actually worried we would bump up to Class 3A,” Little said.
This season will have plenty of challenges for Minco. They travel to fifth-ranked Cyril on Friday and then they will next host the defending state champions in Binger on Aug. 12.
“We have some tough games ahead but I think it is good for us to face some good competition early in the season,” Little said.