A new coach and a young roster will challenge Madison’s softball team this spring but the young Blue Streaks are ready to compete.
The Blue Streaks finished 16-9 a season ago but return just three starters from that squad.
“We are a young team this year and will go through a lot of growing pains,” said first-year Madison coach Eric Cottrell. “I expect us to be able to compete in every game we play this year and surprise a lot of teams this year.”
The first order of business is finding a replacement for graduated standout Alyssa Lavdis in the circle.
Freshman Kara Mekulsia will throw the majority of innings this season with junior Emili Blackie providing depth.
The Blue Streaks also have an entirely new outfield with Chloe McGinnis in left, Madelyn Ebersbach in center, and Lexiss Arietta in right field.
“We are young in the circle this year and all new outfielders, but our freshman pitcher is up to the challenge,” Cottrell said.
Blackie, one of the top power hitters in the area, returns at first base. Tahja Brown will play second, Lexie Nicholson returns at shortstop, and Savannah Watren will play third. Riley Wilber will catch.
“We are returning one of the area’s leading home run hitters in Emili Blackie combined with Lexie Nicholson leadoff hitting and speed on the bags with Maddie Ebersbach and Savannah Watren,” Cottrell said. “Also with the leadership of Riley Wilber and Tahja Brown, we hope to build on Madison’s success.”