Nine veterans return for Eagle softball team

Coach Dean Scott welcomes nine returning letter-winners and seniors to this year’s softball team. They are: front row (from left), Nicole Case­beer, Taryn Norstrom, Jayci Mastre, Ashton Brewer; back row, Taylor Everett, Alexa Burch, Alex Koehn, Logan Dawes, Emilie JohnWith nine returning letter-winners and seniors returning this spring, Canton-Galva softball coach Dean Scott believes he has a team that will improve on last season’s 6-15 record.

“I only lost one girl from last year,” said Scott, who is in his fourth season as head coach.

Leading the returning corps is senior Taylor Everett, who will again be pitching and likely playing in the outfield as well. Another senior, Alex Koehn, will be playing center field.

“I’m expecting big things from them,” Scott said.

Junior Ashton Brewer is another player who can pitch as well as play in the outfield. Classmate Nicole Casebeer and senior Emilie Johnson have outfield experience, too.

Anchoring the infield will be sophomore third baseman Jayci Mastre.

“She’s just a sophomore, but she started as a freshman and played pretty well,” Scott said.

Logan Dawes played first base last year, and likely will return to that position this season.

“I’ve got some freshmen (from last season) who are moving up,” Scott added. “They’re going to be playing some varsity this year—Carissa Klatt, Taryn Nor­strom and Zoe Nichols at second base.

“All the girls returning, I’m expecting big things from them this year,” Scott added. “We should have a pretty good team. I’m expecting more wins than we had last year. If we fall into the right sub-state, we could go to state.”

Last year, Canton-Galva was a member of the Heart of America league. Now in the Wheat State League, Scott said Little River is the only other team in the WSL that has softball.

“We were in the Heart of America league, so those are the teams we’ll be playing mainly this year,” Scott said.

The Eagles are scheduled to open the season at Hutch­inson Trinity April 3.

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