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Lady Orange softball hopes to defend league title

LONG LAKE-Indian Lake/Long Lake softball will have a tall order in the upcoming season as they defend a MVAC league championship and a 9-1 season. They finished last season 11-4 overall after losing in the Section 7 semi-final game by one run.

Head Coach David Olbert returns with strong players in starting short stop and part-time catcher Carli Reynolds, a senior, senior second baseman Murphy Farrell and sophomore starting pitcher Emma Gray.

"Carli will do anything for the good of the team; Emma has worked all year to be one of the best in the league and Murphy has blazing speed," said Olbert.

Gray has big shoes to fill, according to Olbert, after the Orange lost Kaylie Miller to graduation last year. Miller was starting pitcher for the Orange as well as their best hitter. She now starts for Norwich University in Vermont as pitcher, first baseman and outfielder.

"Much of our potential success will be squarely on her shoulders," said Olbert of Gray.

Olbert also graduated his starting catcher and daughter Sierra Olbert and starting first baseman Allison Pine.

"Even with the loss of three key players, all of our younger players have talent," said Olbert. "They will most likely share the remaining starting outfield positions, because the talent is quite equal. All of the team has a great work ethic and I think we should be strong contenders for the division championship again this season."

Jenny Strain joins Reynolds and Farrell as senior third baseman.

Aside from three strong senior, the Lady Orange will rely on young talent to propel them toward defending a championship.

Sophomores round out the roster. Emily LaPrarie, Emily Waters, Prudence Decheneand Morgan King will be in the outfield. Abigail Darling and Jessica Bain will be split between first base and the outfield. Meg Smith will share in the outfield and back up Gray.

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