As three local teams prepared for high school softball season openers, each one had a reason to be optimistic in light of excellent 2011 seasons.
State semifinalist Padua returns many players from last season’s successful run and some new pieces, all which have head coach Peter Boyer confident about the potential of another championship run.
“We have so much talent that comes here, we consider it reloading instead of rebuilding,” he said. “We’ve made it to the final four two of the last three years and to get back there again and get to the state championship, that would be great.”
A.I. du Pont coach Robert Banner, who led his team to 14 wins and the first round of the state tournament in 2011, is hopeful the Tigers can get back to the point with some timely hitting.
“We made the state tournament last year and lost to Smryna in the first round, so this year we want to go further,” Banner said. “We have to get some hits, especially from the bottom of our line-up.”
Charter went 17-1 a year ago, cracking the state tournament for the first time in school history, and with many of their key players being sophomores, head coach Elieen Voltz thinks the Force can return to that point and maybe go a step farther with solid fundamentals.
“For this year, we want to have solid defense and good plate production,” she said. “We were a little disappointed in how we played in the tournament last year, so we want to get better.”
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