|2021 LADY BUCCS SOFTBALL...
The Covington Lady Buccs will field a youthful squad in 2021, but anticipation is high for a successful season due to the talent on the roster.
COVINGTON - With the 2020 season cancelled due to COVID-19, the return of Dan Cain as the head softball coach for Covington was delayed for an entire year.
Cain is returning where he started back in the 1990s, after stops at Newton, Troy, Miami East, Northridge, Troy Christian and Edison State.
Plus, a lost season leads to unknowns for Covington as several key players were lost to graduation and both the freshman and sophomore classes have never experience varsity softball at the high school level.
Still, Covington has high expectations as always considering how hard the girls traditionally work at the sport of softball.
"I feel like we are young but will compete with anyone on our schedule,” Cain said. “I don’t have one pitcher that has thrown an inning of high school softball, but I expect big things from them. This will be our last go around in this league so we want to finish strong."
The top pitchers will be Meg Rogers, Erika Gostomsky, Nigella Reck and Karyan Turner.
The top infielders will include Reck at shortstop, Alli Garman at second base and Rogers seeing action at second base and shortstop when she is not pitching.
The top outfielders include Emma Naff, Kierra Hinnigen, Karyann Turner and Rai’shell Reed.
Cain sees the league as being strong.
“Bradford will be the team to beat, with Skipp (Miller) coming back after not playing high school ball for two years,” Cain said. “I know she’ll be on a mission. Arcanum now has Mike Morris running the show which makes them a contender also. Newton returns coach (Kirk) Kadel, so you know they will also be solid. National Trail returns some quality players. Brian Kadel has a young and talented group of girls at Miami East that will be fundamentally sound as well. Overall a strong league that you better be ready to play every night or you will struggle.”
Cain hopes to be competitive in the CCC and to be playing its best softball come tournament time.
“Tournament play will be a whole nether group of challenges with Russia, Minster and a very strong Mechanicsburg team," Cain said. "Also a lot of unknowns because nobody played last year, should make for an exciting season of softball, we are like everyone else just happy to be playing again. We want to play this season for last year’s seniors as well as this year’s.”