CARSON CITY — Things are turning to the good for Carson City-Crystal’s softball program.
The Eagles finished 16-12 this season, which coach Samantha Jensen was ecstatic about.
“I was very happy with the season,” she said. “It was the best season we’ve had in several years here as far as winning record.”
Jensen said the Eagles were a close-knit group, which helped them succeed.
“First and foremost the camaraderie,” she said. “The girls are very close. They did a nice job coming together as a team. We had some good strings of hitting. We beat a lot of good teams. I just had a great group of kids.”
Jensen said a couple of players came out of nowhere to contribute to the team in a big way.
“Marisa Failing was a player this year that didn’t get to play last year due to some medical issues,” Jensen said. “While I knew she was going to be beneficial to the team I didn’t know what extent. As a utility player she would play one game in the outfielder and one game in the infield. She turned out to be a really good hitter. She was really consistent in that respect.
“Another girl who joined this year and I thought she had a good chance to hit was Krystie Jolley. She got all-district and all-region honors as well. Those were two girls we kept on the team that I thought they would play a role but I didn’t realize how beneficial they would be or us.”
Jensen noted she will have a rebuilding effort taking place next season.
“I’m losing eight seniors. That makes a big difference,” she said. “As far as my outlook and expectations, I’m not sure. We’re playing ball in Mount Pleasant this summer so I will get to see the JV team. We have a lot of positions to fill. Those are positions that aren’t easily replaced. So it’s going to be a learning process over the winter to see who can fill those positions and do it well.”
Jensen said there are a couple of things that will help those players fill those positions left open by graduating seniors.
“Coachability is going to be a major factor,” Jensen said. “Whether or not they are going to jump in and do the things we do. And I think commitment. Girls are going to have to be in doing the workouts and they’re going to have to come consistently if they are going to earn a spot on the team.”