Silex softball

Silex, Mo. - Since taking over the program in 2013, Rebecca Pralle has led Silex’s softball team to the Class 1 State Tournament three times, including a Class 1 District 8 championship in 2020.

With an experienced roster, she believes 2021 could be the year her Owls could go even further.

“I expect consistency, offensively and defensively,” said Pralle, who enters her ninth season at the helm. “We’ve got three seniors and eight juniors.”

The Owls lost only one senior from last season’s squad – but it was a significant loss. Silex no longer has All-State selection Alexis Plackemeier in the infield, but Pralle said it’s an obstacle her unit can overcome – and possibly even flourish – through.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a rebuilding year at all,” Pralle said. “We have to find someone to replace that shortstop position, but I think we can our district again, and go even further.”

Silex is a small town that consistently has top-notch talent in softball, and Pralle credits a pipeline that created love for the game on their own at the youngest of ages.

“A lot of it comes from these girls playing at such a young age and playing in travel ball,” she said. “A lot of these girls just love the game and just play at the open fields.”

After winning 16 games and falling in the sectionals to Salisbury in a year of uncertainty because of COVID-19, the Owls come into the upcoming season with no such roadblocks in the way – and a singular goal in mind.

“We want to go to the Final Four,” Pralle said. “That’s the general consensus of everybody.”