CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s softball team lost seven seniors from last year’s team.
But coach Samantha Jensen won’t call this a rebuilding year.
“I don’t think this is a rebuilding year,” Jensen said. “Many of the underclassmen have been very impressive at practice. They have been working very hard to learn the defense and correct flaws in their hitting. Also, many of them were very committed to training over the winter months.”
Jensen isn’t going to expect the Eagles to be world beaters, though.
“My approach has been to not expect what last season was, but to build on what we currently have and make it the best we possibly can according to our ability level,” she said. “Each day I see great improvements and know that by the end of the season we will be very tough and competitive. I believe the girls will rise to the expectations left from the last group.”
That “last group” went 16-12 last year. Jensen hopes to be close to that this year despite the youth movement.
“At this point, I feel that we will be very competitive,” she said. “This team will have to work together and be committed to each other’s success. They will also have to build off of one another’s success. I really believe in them and think that they will raise the standard. They truly want to be good.”
In fact, Jensen cited the work ethic of CC-Crystal as one of the strengths of the team.
“Some things that they will have to do is perfect and focus on the defensive side of things,” she said. “They also need to believe in themselves and learn from mistakes, not dwell on them. It would have been great to play before break so we would have a true idea of where we are and what we need to work on, but I suspects my other teams will be in the same boat as us.”
The Eagles haven’t played a game yet. That is true of every other team in the area.
This year’s captains will be Raelynn Ferguson, Taylee Smith and Mackenzie Geister.
Jensen thinks the Mid-State Activities Conference race will come down to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and Vestaburg.
“My hope is that we will be in the top 3,” she said. “Vestaburg and SHA (Sacred Heart Academy) will be very competitive along with Coleman. We will have a lot to learn along the way.”
If there are no other postponements, the Eagles will open the season April 15 against the Wolverines.