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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Greenback softball returns strong nucleus

  • Sometimes as a coach, you just can’t wait for the season to begin. That has to be what Mike Forshee, head softball coach at Pratt High School, is thinking.
    With 8 starters returning off a team that went to the state tournament last year—and all 8 of those were some level of CKL all-league—there is definitely reason to be optimistic about the 2013 version of Lady Greenback softball.
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  • Sometimes as a coach, you just can’t wait for the season to begin. That has to be what Mike Forshee, head softball coach at Pratt High School, is thinking.
    With 8 starters returning off a team that went to the state tournament last year—and all 8 of those were some level of CKL all-league—there is definitely reason to be optimistic about the 2013 version of Lady Greenback softball.
    Pitching is, of course, crucial to success in fast-pitch softball, and PHS has that covered. The Greeenbacks actually have two aces: Junior Britnee Hill was 14-1 last season and senior Kinzie Spurgin was 9-0. Hill will play 1B when not on the mound and Spurgin is an infielder, probably manning 1st or 2nd base.
    Savanah Buntemeyer will again be receiving behind the dish. The Lady Frogs starting outfield returns intact: Hayden Pixler, Dakota Jones and Bailey Gillig. On the infield, 3B Taylar Fuhr and SS Lauren Rambat are back.
    Other players that Coach Forshee looks to be candidates for a position somewhere include Allecia Hall and Riley Perez. 1st base (when Hill is on the bump) is a question mark, but not really a concern, for Forshee. There are quality players available that will be able to fill in the gaps nicely, it’s just too early in the preseason to have everything sorted out yet.  According to Forshee, “There are even some freshmen looking good so far who may contribute before the year is over.”
    Forshee considers pitching to be a strength of his squad, but is quick to point out that solid defense helps out pitching. The Lady Greenbacks only made 11 fielding errors all last season, so whoever is on the mound for Pratt knows that her girls have her back.
    The Greenbacks feature a balanced offense with numerous good hitters. Several returners batted over .400 last season, so Pratt should be able to hold its own offensively.
    Coach Forshee is understandably expecting a good season with the team he has returning, but warned, “We still have to go out and perform. We can’t be looking ahead. We start out with some of our toughest competition right away: Hays, Hesston and Smoky Valley. So we’ll see where we are after those games.”
    If they stay healthy, it could be another very good season for Pratt softball. You never know for sure, but there’s definitely reason to be optimistic.
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