After securing a District Title in 2018, the Silex Lady Owls are poised to once again make a deep run into the post-season in 2019.
Despite the loss of five players to graduation, including one of their heavy hitters in Mollie Stanek and their ace pitcher Halle Mueller, Head Coach Rebecca Lipsey is confident with her young but talented team.
“This season we have 11 freshmen, six sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors,” said Lipsey. “We have several underclassman that are capable of stepping into key roles this season.”
Offensively the Lady Owls will look to Junior Lexi Plackmeier. She led Silex in batting average, hits and runs scored last year. They also have sophomores Taylor Howard and Carson Harlan, who had a fantastic freshman season.
Seniors Chloee Kinion and Emily Weatherford will be in that leadership role for the Lady Owls this season.
“The younger girls will look to them for leadership, guidance, and encouragement whether that be on the field or keeping girls focused in the dugout,” said Lipsey. “Emily and Chloee are great examples of student athletes that I hope all the younger girls take notice off.”
The Lady Owls will send three pitchers to the mound this season, sophomores Howard, Lily Bruce and freshman Kacey Williams.
“Taylor saw some varsity experience last year in the circle going 4-1 and had an ERA of 1.75. Taylor will be the anchor for us this year in the circle. Lily Bruce and Kacey Williams will see some innings as the season goes on,” said Lipsey.
Even with a fairly young team, Lipsey is excited about the potential this year brings.
“This group of girls worked hard over the summer and came on the first day of practice ready to go. Collectively as a team we have great speed which will help us offensively and defensively,” said Lipsey. “We have set our goals high this year with looking to win a conference championship, defending our district title and looking to make a deeper run into the post season hopefully ending at the final four.”
The Lady Owls will start the season at Sturgeon on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.
Their first home game won’t be until Sept. 10 against Louisiana at 5 p.m.