Last year, the entire high school softball season was wiped out by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, many first-time varsity players never got to actually play in 2020. So, with only two seniors who have varsity softball playing experience, the Oak Lawn Spartans will be looking for new faces to make big contributions this year on the diamond.
Returning for head coach Pat Probst are three-year varsity starters Jayla Cooper and Arianna Andersen. These two seniors bring a lot of experience to the table along with leadership skills to help the young players in the early going. But after that, it is a competition for playing time.
Other seniors, who will be making their varsity debuts, include Maddie Fox, Christina Haupt, Fey Rangel, and Emily Savaglio. Other new players to the program are freshman Jessica Carey, sophomores Katie Dillon, Alexis Villarreal, and Alexus Martinez, and juniors Ruby Amigon, Samantha Labuda, and Mia Uriarte.
“We are looking to have a great year with a lot of young talent that has a lot to prove since many of these girls have not played a full varsity season,” Probst said. “They have a lot to prove and a lot of competition at certain positions. This will help to bring out the best in the team and push each other to play their best knowing that there are other players vying for a spot on the field. Although it is a short season, the expectations are to compete at the highest level and play great defense.”
The Spartans certainly started out on the right foot earlier this week as they beat South Suburban Conference Red rival Argo, 10-0 in the season opener on Monday.