Winter has finally given way to Spring and the Ste Genevieve Dragons Softball team is ready to take the field with a strong Senior leadership core. Like most schools, the 2020 season was lost to Covid-19, but for Ste. Gen, it was an especially tough loss due to the fact that they were poised to take a run at the 2019 season’s record setting 15 wins.
This year, Head Coach Russell Toombs expects his team’s defense to be the biggest contributing factor to a competitive season, as many of the athletes have seen Varsity level playing time since their Freshman year. “We have a mix of veteran and rookie infielders, and a speedy outfield with a few rookies that may get in the mix here and there,” Toombs said. “We have some question marks in our offense because we just haven’t played any games, but we definitely have girls that have the potential to hit well.”
When asked about what to expect from his team this season, Toombs said “All of the players are worth mentioning, however, I believe the leadership of this Senior group will be the key factor in the success of this squad. Autumn Basler, Morgan Schwent, Briana Watts, Brittney Kreitler and Emma Johns are all outstanding players. I look for them to have successful season campaigns as they lead their team to a memorable 2021 season.”
Toombs’ game plan for the season is elegantly simple… incremental progress. “Our goal for this season is to get better every time we step on the field,” Toombs said. “We lost some pivotal players last season due to graduation, but the work ethic and leadership with this senior class will be key to our success this season.”
We look forward to the impending domination the Dragons are poised to unleash on their opponents in 2021.