Coach: Sandy Adelsperger, 13th season.
2013: 3-14, 2-9 Midland Athletic League (11th).
Returning letterwinners: Senior Krista Ward (IF/OF). Juniors Sara Bell (OF/1B), Shelby Bilger (C), Michaela Davidson (SS/3B), Sammy Miller (OF), Addi Reineck (OF). Sophomore Alyssa Pence (P).
Others: Seniors Alli Burd (OF), Tonya Heileman (IF). Sophomore Hali Kimmet (UTIL). Freshmen Allison Adelsperger (1B/OF), Sydney Clouse (OF/IF), Jordan Magers (P/SS), Peyton Miller (2B/C), Mackenzie Ward (3B), Cheyenne Halbeisen (IF/OF), Tori Kluck (OF).
Outlook: If the basketball season was any indication, there's reason for optimism for the Old Fort softball team.
"Bringing back an entire team minus one graduating senior adds value with the experience of the upperclassmen," Adelsperger said. "Adding some young incoming talent just may be the fuel we need for a new beginning."
The Stockaders boast seven freshmen out for the team. With that much youth, one would expect Adelsperger to be in a lather, but rather, she's just the opposite.
"Exciting things are happening for the Stockaders as we bring up a new batch of talented freshmen," Adelsperger said. "We are looking to take some giant leaps forward in our program. These girls come to us with the defensive and offensive skills as well as good knowledge of the game."
Pence pitched all but six innings last year as a freshmen, striking out 64 batters.
At the plate, outfielder Reineck hit .400 while Davidson hit .306 while splitting her time on the left side of the infield.
Adelsperger is hoping for more hitters like that this year and it's why she has her team focused on the basics this spring.
"We have been focusing on our fundamentals and basic softball skills at practice, yet beginning to fine tune players for specific positions," she said.