The softball team is ready to bring home their first state championship. Wesleyan has moved down to class A, meaning, there will be multiple unfamiliar opponents.
The softball team will have to adjust their strategies as they will be competing against new teams. However, with six seniors on the varsity team, they have plenty of experience and will be able to make the adjustment.
One of these seniors is Jameson Kavel, who has already committed to play division one softball at Duke University. Kavel also just broke the record for number of stolen bases in a career with 62.
There is also some strong pitching talent including junior Cassie Henning who aspires to play softball in college.
When asked about who she thought the toughest competition was going to be this year, Henning said, “It will definitely be ELCA because they won state last year in 1A.” Wesleyan has already defeated ELCA in a region game this season.
There are also more changes in softball with new head coach, Mary Stephenson, who has taken over the program after many years of being assistant coach to Nichole Dixon.
Stephenson is excited about the opportunity she has been given, she said, “We’ve got the three time defending state champ, Eagles landing, in our region, so the good news is we have a measuring stick to know what it takes from playing them early on. I feel like if we focus on working hard and being good teammates and improving on the little things that most teams don’t want to work on, then we have as good a shot as anyone.”
Softball is off to a fantastic start, remaining undefeated in the first few weeks.