A preseason look at area high school softball teams:
Coach: Chris Lemonds
2010 record: 26-10 (lost to Danville in 45th District semifinal)
Top returnees: Cheyenne Brumbaugh, Sr. P/2B; Lindsey Edwards, Jr. SS; KK Davis, Jr. P/1B; Amy Woolum, So. OF; Heather Hasty So. C; Elyse Petrie, So. P/1B; Lauren Richards, Fr. 2B; Bethany Sholar, Jr. Util.
Key statistics: Returning pitchers Brumbaugh had a 2.35 ERA with 74 strikeouts, Davis had a 2.89 ERA with 77 strikeouts and Petrie had a 2.50 ERA with 76 strikeouts. Richards hit .393 with seven doubles, Edwards had seven doubles and scored 22 runs, Hasty had a home run and nine doubles.
Outlook: Boyle had a disappointing end to a good season last year, but the Rebels return a lot of talent, and Lemonds wants his team to remember that sting of the loss to Danville in the district semifinals. With their top three pitchers back in Brumbaugh, Davis and Petrie, as well as a few other arms that are available, Boyle should be able to overcome the loss of three valuable seniors and make a run at the regional tournament.
Coach’s comments: “We will be experimenting a lot early in the year to find out who can step up and play. We are returning about eight or nine girls who all started at one point last year so we have a little bit of experience to pick from. How well these girls accept their roles will be an important part to our success this year. We may take some lumps early on and I hate to lose any games but my goal is to get these girls playing against the best competition so that we can prepare for postseason.”