Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 8, 2014

Lady Pirates' success begins in circle

Greensburg — Despite the loss of four key players to graduation, the Greensburg softball team looks to build on a 19-9 season. The Lady Pirates finished second in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, behind East Central. However, Greensburg highlighted its season with a win over East Central for the first time in decades.

Graduating were Channon Brown, Audrey Geis (broke single-season hits record), Clare Owens and Shelby Ward. Utility player Kayanna Wolter also graduated.

Head coach Jake Shook sees the Pirates taking the next step with just one senior.

“We are looking to improve on last year season,” said Shook. “We took a huge step last year by beating EC for the first time in several years. We are returning a talented group of young players this season.”

Greensburg’s lone senior is Alli Phillips, who returns with the majority of the varsity pitching experience over the past three years. Phillips, who is 39-29 on the varsity mound with 438 innings pitched, holds the school record for career wins.

“Alli was thrown to the fire her freshman year and has improved each year,” said Shook. “Alli will be returning to the circle this season and will see some playing time at first base this season.”

Greensburg returns four juniors. Megan Schmidt (third base) and Chelsea Hersley (outfield) give the Pirates valuable experience as third-year starters. Hersley spent a lot of time in the outfield last year, but will be stepping in to the middle of the infield shortstop or second base this year. Emma Wolter and Kalynne Asche started several games as sophomores. Wolter is looking to fill in at second base this season, while Asche will see time in the outfield.

A trio of sophomores that proved valuable last season are returning. Whitney Tallent split time last year between the reserve and varsity teams as a pitcher.

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