|2015 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS...
The Covington Lady Buccs enter the 2015 season with something to prove after coming up short in the sectional final a year ago.
After three straight state final four finishes, the Covington Lady Buccs were stunned by Fort Loramie in the sectional final a year ago, ending the season on a sour note.
But with disappointment comes a purpose, which Covington coach Dean Denlinger and his team have taken very seriously throughout the off-season by amping up the intensity in the weight room and on the softball field in preparation for the upcoming season.
Covington does enter the 2015 season without standouts Haley Adams and Morgan McReynolds, two graduation losses from a year ago who are both now playing collegiate softball.
But Covington does return a stable of experienced players led by senior hurler Morgan Arbogast, senior outfielder Jessica Dammeyer and senior utility player Alex Gast. Plus, senior Cassidy Cain returns after a year away from the game to her familiar shortstop position, where she started on two straight state final four teams as a freshman and sophomore.
Three talented juniors return in pitcher/first baseman Brooke Gostomsky, catcher Arianna Richards and do-everything Erin Olson. All three have dependable bats and speed to run the bases.
Covington is loaded in the sophomore class with seven, a class that is led by returning starting third baseman Lexie Long, second baseman Kara Schaffer and outfielders Ashley Cecil, Allison Babylon and Justice Warner. Long has the power, while Shaffer, Cecil and Babylon possess versatility to execute different skills at the plate.
Another sophomore returning is Addison Metz, who is a significant threat on the base paths, while Megan Alexander provides depth at various positions for the Buccs.
Four freshmen join the Lady Buccs to provide depth as well; Noelle Gast, Sarah Hubbard and Emma Dammeyer.
As always, Denlinger has put together the toughest schedule possible with many state caliber teams in higher divisions; Centerville, Fairborn, Greenville, Celina and Tipp City. Plus, smaller division powers like Minster and Versailles are on the schedule, along with a brutal slate of Cross County Conference games.