After going 6-16 last year while replacing five seniors, the Lady Eagles will lose a couple more girls from last year and will be a young team. This will give some other girls chances to step for head coach Jason Ogden in his 17th year with Moulton-Udell.
“Depth and experience will be a big concern, especially early on. We had some kids not go out this year and some hurt and unable to play. We will have to learn as we go. Pitching depth will be something we have to continue to work on as well,” head coach Jason Ogden said.
Returning for Ogden, who collected his 100th win last year, will be juniors Chelsey Boettcher and Malorie Probasco along with sophomore Jessica King and freshmen Hannah King and Grace Wood.
Boettcher was a second team all-conference catcher last year after finishing second on the team in RBIs with 17 while batting .393 and cutting her strikeouts in half from her freshman year. She had the team’s best fielding percentage at .963 and threw out five baserunners from behind the plate.
Probasco will roam the outfield again and hit near the top of the order. Last year she hit .333 with six RBIs and a team-high nine walks.
Jessica King figures to play a huge roll on the team this year. At the plate, she hit .400 with six RBIs and a team-high 15 stolen bases. On the rubber, where she could be heavily relied upon this year, she had a team-best 4.58 ERA with 41 strikeouts against 18 walks in 47 1/3 innings.
Junior Sydney Callen, sophomore Karsyn Sebolt and eighth graders Stephanie Leager, Lexi Smith and Breanna Meredith could all step into roles this year for the Lady Eagles.
When Moulton-Udell put the ball in play, good things tended to happen. The Lady Eagles were fourth in the conference last year with .291 batting average as a team. The problem was scoring runs and limiting strikeouts.
They ranked near the bottom of the conference in runs while they also struggled with plate discipline, striking out 129 times compared to just 49 walks.
“I feel we have made a lot of progress at the plate in the last year. I hope that we are able to put the ball in play and rely on other team fielding it to get us out. As always, we want to cut down on our strikeouts,” Ogden said.
Moulton-Udell will have to fill some holes this year but it should give them a chance to grow as a team and build a solid foundation.
“I hope that we can continue to build on some things this year,” Ogden said. “We still have a solid core of players, we just need to fill in the gaps. The kids are eager to get started.”
|5/20||vs Centerville (DH)||6 p.m.|
|5/21||@ Orient-Macksburg||7 p.m.|
|5/23||vs Seymour||8 p.m.|
|5/24||@ Diagonal||6 p.m.|
|5/28||vs Lamoni||8 p.m.|
|5/29||vs Central Decatur||6 p.m.|
|5/30||@ Melcher-Dallas||8 p.m.|
|6/4||@ Mormon Trail||8 p.m.|
|6/6||@ Twin Cedars||6 p.m.|
|6/7||vs Murray||8 p.m.|
|6/8||Home Tournament||10 a.m.|
|6/11||vs Orient-Macksburg||8 p.m.|
|6/13||@ Seymour||7:30 p.m.|
|6/14||vs Diagonal||8 p.m.|
|6/18||@ Lamoni||8 p.m.|
|6/20||vs Melcher-Dallas||8 p.m.|
|6/21||@ Moravia (DH)||6 p.m.|
|6/24||@ Southeast Warren (DH)||5:30 p.m.|
|6/25||vs Mormon Trail||8 p.m.|
|6/27||vs Twin Cedars||8 p.m.|
|6/28||@ Murray||8 p.m.|
|7/2||@ Davis County||6 p.m.|
|7/5||vs Keota||7:30 p.m.|
*DH indicates doubleheader. Times are approximate.