Coach: Teresa Jacoby, first season
2013: 13-12, 4-7 MAL
Returning letterwinners: Seniors Ali Rymer (P/1B); Hannah Draper (SS); Makenzie Wentling (C/OF); Haley Hoepf (2B/OF); Taylor Fletcher (OF). Juniors Chelsea Schlack (3B); Abby Hall (1B/2B); Jordan Strahm (OF). Sophomore Sydney Wentling (P/2B).
Others: Seniors Cheyanna Moloney (OF); Presley Elchert (C); Miranda Conley (P/OF). Junior Raven Moloney (OF). Sophomore Kayla Freider (C/OF). Freshmen Dani Bardinelli-Clark (P/IF); Taehlor Niederkohr (P/IF).
Outlook: As the Carey girls basketball team was making its run through the tournament to the Elite 8, it forced many a team to put away the sneakers and pick up the cleats. But the flip side to that is Carey's own softball practice was at less than full capacity until the run ended.
Eight of the 26 players in the program came from the basketball team, including many of the returning starters.
The late arrival of several key players combined with the Icelandic weather the area has experienced has made things tough on first-year coach Jacoby.
"With the weather it's been rough," she said. "We've been stuck in the gym a lot. We've been out on the playground, doing hitting stations and drills. It's just been tough getting all the girls together and getting things done."
She does feel though that it could turn out to be a benefit for the players having a prolonged basketball season.
"In a way this could help us because the eight basketball girls are coming off a successful long run in the tournament, and basketball coach Phil Vaughn had them physically and mentally prepared. So this could be beneficial as we enter our season," Jacoby said. "They should be physically and mentally prepared to play."
Jacoby is far from a stranger to the program. A 2001 Carey graduate, she was previously the JV coach, and also coaches the freshman volleyball team.
"I've been involved with the JV program the last 10 years," she said. "The position was open and I was ready for the change.
"I think it's helped because I've had some of the girls through JV and being the freshman volleyball coach it helps me knowing how they play and the kind of athletes they are."
Carey, though, returns nine letterwinners from a team that finished above .500 last year. Including in that group is the team's two top pitchers.
"We have two pitchers, one is a senior, one is a sophomore, so we should be strong on the mound," Jacoby said. "We have some good speed and some nice hitters. Having a lot of veterans is nice, gives us that strength in numbers. They've played a lot of years together."
Rymer and Sydney Wentling split the pitching duties last year. Rymer was 5-8 with 66 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA. Wentling was 8-4 with 37 Ks and a 3.65 ERA. Also back their battery mate in Makenzie Wentling, a three year letterwinner behind the plate.
Offensively, the top returning hitter is Draper who posted a .345 average and drove in a team-high 25 runs. Rymer, Sydney Wentling and Fletcher also come back after hiting over .300 last year.