Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Nashville Softball Overcomes Inexperience
NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Hornettes are headed to the state softball tournament for the first time since 2005 and they've done it with a team full of underclassmen. Twelve freshmen and sophomores are on the roster, seven of them are in the starting line-up.
"It's been fun," Hornettes head coach Dempsey Witte said. "It's been a little crazy and a little exciting but the girls have enjoyed it."
Mollie Borowiak is the only senior but she's been sidelined for the last month after injuring both shoulders.
"Yeah, it stinks that I can't play anymore but I still got to take charge and keep everybody up all the time," Borowiak said.
That leaves juniors Shaye Harre and Nicole Deering as the only upperclassmen on the team.
"We had a lot of injuries this year and with Mollie being our only senior, and she had two injuries, it was kind of hard but we just pulled together and came together as a pretty good team this year," Hornettes sophomore shortstop Kiley Pelker said.
Injuries have also plagued the pitching staff. After hurting her ribs earlier this season, Harre has given way to freshman Maci Ingram, who leads the team with 18 wins and a 0.63 ERA.
"A lot of people have asked that question, 'Are you nervous putting a freshman pitcher out there?' And the answer is 'No, we're not.' She's got the poise and maturity of an upperclassman," Witte added.
"I'm pretty confident in all of our freshmen, they're all really good," Hornettes junior outfielder Nicole Deering said. "Maci's been solid throughout the whole year."
The Hornettes enter the final four winners of 10 straight games, including Monday's 3-1 over Alton Marquette in the super-sectionals. But their toughest opponent of the year is on deck. St. Joseph-Ogden has been perfect this season, winning all 40 of its games.
"It's going to be a good challenge and our girls are looking forward to the competition," Witte said.
Even with a roster full of freshmen and sophomores.
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