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Fostoria Softball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Clayton Moore, second season.

2013: 2-20, 1-13 NBC.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Alex Hersch (P/1B); Christina Cleveland (1B/RF); Kendra Lamalie (OF/2B). Juniors Alexus Smith (C/CF); Cyenna Lindsey (OF); Erica Moore (P/C/IF/OF); Jada Hampton (2B/SS/P); Kaitlyn Gonyer (3B/SS/C/LF); Shelby Lamb (OF).

Others: Senior Mette Pedersen (2B/RF). Junior Bre Biles (1B/3B). Sophomores Miranda Blackburn (2B/OF); Misty Lovejoy (1B/3B); Jayden McCumber (3B, 1B). Freshmen Amani Seaburn (1B/3B); Ashley Gonzalez (P/Util); Jessica Cobb (OF); Kirra Gehr (2B/OF); Lexi Fretz (1B/3B/OF); Raimi Bernal (Util).

Outlook: When you finish the previous year 2-20 with just one league victory, it's not difficult to see where improvement must be made.

"When we've won as few games as we won last year, we have a lot of weaknesses, so we're weak in every department. But at the same time, we're better in every department than we were last year," coach Moore said.

"We're a stronger team, we're a faster team and we're a hungrier team. And now we're a more confident team," he said. "And probably the biggest thing is, we're probably a more angry team."

The anger begins with the eight veterans, none of whom have experienced a winning season.

Fostoria last finished above .500 in 2009 when the Redmen advanced to the district title game before bowing out at 23-5.

The best season since then was an 8-16 mark in 2011 when this year's seniors were freshmen.

But the second-year coach feels the Redmen are ready to turn that around.

"We don't want to compete for the league, we want to win the league," he said. "I've always told the girls, 'Never set your goals short, because once you've accomplished something, you have nothing else to play for.' You want to be realistic, but at the same time, you don't want to sell yourself short.

"They know they're not respected, they know they're the laughingstock of the league, and they're going out to change things," he said. "I guarantee teams won't be laughing at us this year."

Moore's daughter, Erica, heads up the veterans after gaining honorable mention NBC honors as a utility player last year. The only other Redmen to gain postseason honors was Ashlyn Roberts, a first-team outfielder who graduated.

Moore the player and the rest of the juniors look to fill nearly all of the starting spots and should be the strength of the team, Moore the coach said.

"If they play well, good things will happen; definitely, good things will happen," he said.



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