Aim at bounce-back year

TC Softball

By Hunter Tickel
Perry County News

Two seasons ago

8-14 record, 1-7 Pocket Athletic, 10-0 loss to Mater Dei sectional first round

Coaches

Coach Maggie Schuetter, eighth season; Madison Dawson, assistant; David Ziegellgruber, assistant; Chris Taylor, assistant; Mark Lehmkuhler, assistant; Amity Nash, student manager.

Preseason expectations

The strength of this club will be its defense, according to a statement written by Schuetter. The team should have enough depth with players filling multiple roles.

The team possesses strong fundamentals but will look to improve on baserunning with just two seniors on the squad.

The team expects to be more competitive in the PAC, which is stronger with the addition of Boonville, Mt. Vernon and Princeton, according to Schuetter.

Gibson Southern and Tecumseh should lead the pack.

Key Cogs

Tell City has strength on the mound. The primary slingers will be freshman Haley Mechels, junior Hannah Daum and sophomore Rylie Schroeder.

“I have depth because I have numbers in pitching,” Schuetter said. “My strongest, most accurate pitcher is going to be Rylie Schroeder. Rylie has speed and is very good at hitting her spots, so is Haley, at times. Ms. Hannah has several different pitches.”

Schroeder was clocked slinging at 53-55 mph. Daum’s highest was 53 and sophomore Kory Embry hit 53-54.

Junior Jaleigh Napier is next in line.

Junior starter Carli Hosler will log the most time behind the plate.,

“(Hosler) is good with everybody,” Schuetter said. “She’s there for them. She works for them, she is a great team player.”

The carousel of catchers includes sophomore Brea Poehlein and freshman Evalynn Voyles.

The infield will be secured by junior Kali Lehmkuhler.

The versatility from junior Victoria Weatherholt, junior Jenna Arnold and senior Elena Hagedorn will provide a lift.

The outfield will be manned by Weatherholt, Napier, Daum and Arnold.

A Wabash Valley College commit, senior shortstop Caitlyn Taylor, is on injured reserve after going through a car crash.

“We’re hoping that she comes back,” Schuetter said. “She is definitely a gamer and a good player. If she was playing as a senior she would be my starting shortstop.”

Can’t-miss

Tell City has its sights set on a matchup with Perry Central on April 30.

“One of the big games that we always want to do well in is our game against Perry Central,” Schuetter said. “Our school rivalry.”

It faces league favorite Tecumseh on May 3, along with a matchup with new league addition Boonville a day before it faces the Commodores.

The Braves are also in the sectional along with Evansville Mater Dei.





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