The Mt. Ararat Eagles softball team just missed making the class A playoffs last season. This year, they will have a young squad that should improve as the season goes on.
Brooke Cox and Allen Graffam were recently named Co-Coaches to lead the Eagles. Cox was formerly rec director for the town of Bowdoinham and organizer of the Ararat Nation ASA softball teams. Graffam has been an assistant softball coach at Mt. Ararat high school for the past ten years.
"We have only three returning varsity starters, and two transfer students with varsity experience. The rest of the team will be younger players either up from last years JV team or freshmen team,"Graffam said. We have some solid talent but not a lot of experience. We are counting on some of our younger players to contribute at the varsity level this year. If these things come together and we grow and develop as the season progresses we expect to make the playoffs."
Devon Hutchins, Kim Leslie, and Piper Ingle will lead the Eagles on the field. Hutchins is a strong hitter. Leslie has two years experience as a varsity pitcher. Ingle, a junior, was the starting c enter fielder last year. The Eagles have two transfer players with varsity experience, Hannah Reis and Maddie Wade, who are both expected to contribute.The
The Eagles also have plenty of young talent with plenty of softball experience that will be getting their first shot at the varsity level.
"We have a number of younger players who have extensive ASA summer ball experience with the Ararat Nation program,"Graffam said. "We are hoping that in time, they can make significant contributions to the team."
There will be plenty of opportunity for the young players on the roster to grab starting spots. The Eagles graduated six starters from last years squad that finished with seven wins.
"We graduated six varsity starters last year. There are very few positions that are locked up at this point,"Graffam said. "Through the preseason we need to let the competition for positions and playing time sort itself out and find the best combinations to give us a chance to be successful."
The Eagles open the season on April 25th when they are scheduled to host Hampden Academy. Click here for the full schedule.