LAMOILLE — First-year coach Angie Augspols is looking to building a strong softball program at LaMoille High School and the process starts now, she said.
"This is the team that is laying the foundation for success in the future, and they are on board with the bigger picture," said Augspols, a first-year language arts teacher, who pitched at Putnam County High School and went on to play and coach collegiately. "They want success, and they are putting in the time and effort to get there. Our record may not show progress this year but it will. We will get to where we want to be."
Augspols first team is 12 deep, including seniors Myrah Graham and Lindsey Perry, who return for their fourth year.
It is the junior class that will fill the bulk of the Lady Lions lineup, a cast including Toni Lawrence, Ragen Forbes, Amanda Chasteen, Madi Walker, Paige Koskoksy, Elizabeth Geuther, Monica Joerger and Emily Fahs.
A pair of underclassman, sophomore Rae Schultz and freshman, Alana Cherry will be used in the lineup frequently, Augspols said.
"The future of LaMoille softball will be on their shoulders one day, and I am hoping that our program will be gaining hype and notice when those two are juniors and seniors," she said.
Forbes and Schultz will split the pitching and shortstop duties. The infield is filled with returning starters while the outfield relies on new personnel. Augspols is optimistic a mix with strong hitters with some slap hitters and a new outlook at the plate willtake place.
"Overall, we have been working on perfecting their hitting fundamentals and teams will notice we are swinging the bat completely different; we are going to surprise some teams," she said.
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