Members of the 2021 Massac County softball team are (from left, front row) Maddie Jenkins, MacKenzie Dassing, Emma Austin, Trinity Lott, Caden Par, Olivia Farmer; (middle row) Chloe Dassing, Larkin Korte, Zoey Fraser, Alexis Bletz, Natalee Owens, Allie Batha, Jaclynn Willard; (back row) Maddie Roberts, Sophie Bormann, Macy Pierce, Cali McCraw, Kennedy Burgess, Jenna Bunting, Kaylee Batha, Maddie Batha and Claire Bremer.

Massac County softball coach Molly Hargrove has a nice core of seniors to work with this year, and with the announcement of a “regular post season,” the older girls would like to leave their mark.

Softball often begins and ends with a dominant pitcher and a reliable receiver. Hargrove has both in the tandem of Cali McCraw and Jenna Bunting. She has a speedy fly chaser in center field in Emma Austin and solid gloves and bats in Claire Bremer and Maddie Jenkins.

Sophie Bormann, Kaylee Batha, Kennedy Burgess, Macy Pierce and a host of girls return for Hargrove and will pose a nice problem in the form of playing time for the coach.

The Lady Patriots got one game in on April 20 against Marion, and it went south real quick. Minus McCraw in the circle and with a “hurricane” blowing out, the Wildcats put a serious beatdown on the Lady Pats, but don’t put a lot of weight in that result. With a full roster and normal conditions, that game wouldn’t have resembled a true representation.

The girls have half a dozen games scheduled for April and a full slate in May. Regionals will begin in the first week of June, and this bunch will have their eyes on some hardware.

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