HARD CHARGING — Cowgirl outfielder Ciara Bender runs in to pick off a fly hit by assistant coach Sam Vidal earlier this week. The softball team got out on the field for some real-time practice. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
After tossing the ball around in the gym, the Cowgirl fast pitch softball team finally had a chance to get outside for some real practice.
Coach Sandy Syvertson commented, “Practice has been going slow, some of the girls are also attending other functions.”
As the team begins to take shape, this could be the year of the Cowgirl.
In all, there are 18 players out for the varsity and JV teams. Included are six seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
The backbone of any team is their strength up the middle and Conrad has some very good talent from catcher to center field.
Starting with the toughest position on the field, catcher, the Cowgirls’ cup “runneth over.”
Seniors Kelli Fagan and Olivia Campbell are very talented behind the plate and junior Erin Grubb is equally as strong.
On the mound senior Kasey Brownell and junior Rashelle Johns pack a dynamic one-two punch.
Behind the pitcher another senior, Taylor Johnson will be roaming around the hot corner (third base). With her speed and good glove, there will not be many balls going past her.
Another senior, Kara Bandow, will be on the other side of the middle sack at second and will see duty on the mound as well.
Anchoring the outfield will be junior Shanae Newmiller in center field. She is another speed-ball with a nifty arm. Campbell will see most of her field time in left field.
Other juniors include infielder Brittany Greyn, outfielder Shanae Newmiller, infielder and outfielder Ciara Bender and Devon Rauscher who is also a catcher and outfielder.
Sophomores are Rachel Bokma who plays in the outfield and Morgan Fowler who is a pitcher and infielder.
Freshman players are Ellie Garman, a pitcher-infielder, Taylor Marsicano who is an outfielder and Kaylee Taule who will be a pitcher and plays as well on the infield.
Veteran Syvertson comes back as head coach and will be assisted by Kim Bender and Sam Vidal.
In a different twist, the season gets going on March 31 with two JV games in Shelby and then two JV games at home with Shelby on April 1 (no April fool’s here).
Expect some of the varsity to slip in a little game time warm up.
The Cowgirls season opens at home on April 12 still against the Lady Coyotes. The first pitch is slated to be thrown at 4 p.m. in all of the above games.
Cut Bank and Sunburst are not on the playing schedule yet but should be squeezed in there in the near future.
Mark your calendar for April 29-30. That is the date for the Conrad Invitational and some exceptional games will be played over that Friday and Saturday. “It is always one the best tournaments around,” said Coach Syvertson.
Spring has sprung, it’s the year of the Cowgirl.