Fillies softball is a small, strong force

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Valaree Burtnett, Staff Writer

Fillies softball has faced some big changes so far this season with the loss of a large group of players who graduated last year and a change in coaching staff. But despite the challenges, players say, they are working together like clockwork.
“My expectations for this year for our team is better communication on the field,” senior Baylea Thompson said. “We continue to advance our communication skills through everyday practice and during games.”
Having a drastically smaller team leaves no room for errors. The girls are working hard day in and day out to enhance their skills.
“I think we have done some things very well, and we have some things we need to work on,” said Melissa Stiffler, who is serving as interim coach. “As long as you keep trying, there is always room for improvement. So that’s what our goal is: to get better and learn from our mistakes.”
The team is also working with a new assistant coach, Emily Baker from Yates Center.
With all of these changes going on off the field, the senior girls say they are feeling more pressure than ever to be good examples for the underclassmen on the team.
“Being a senior is hard, especially this year, because all of the girls look up to us and we had to help coach Stiffler,” senior Katie Shields said.
Due to the team’s small size this year, the girls are picking and choosing their JV games. Lots of teams in the area are reportedly struggling with numbers this year, and game cancellations are to be expected throughout the season. The Fillies were 2-4 at press time.