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Lady Wildcats plan to rely on experience

SCHROONLAKE-Experience should make the Schroon Lake softball team a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference contender this spring.

The Wildcats return eight players from last season's 5-6 team, a big difference from a year ago.

"There was a big learning curve for our team last year since only half the team had any varsity experience," Coach Jeff Cutting said. "This year 80 percent of our team has varsity experience and a majority played winter ball in Hudson Falls.

"All 10 players are quality players who should allow our team to play with anyone," Cutting said.

The Wildcats return all their statistical leaders from a year ago. Abigail Veverka, an outfielder, hit .390 in 2010. Brianna DeZalia, who will play in the outfield and infield, posted a .375 batting average.

Joining them in the outfield will be Miranda DeZalia and Chloe McKenna.

The infield will feature Ashley Subra, Rebecca Armstrong, Sam Bessey, Gabe Harvey and Jocelyn Bowen.

Subra, Armstrong and Miranda DeZalia will pitch for the 'Cats.

The Schroon Lake roster is versatile, Cutting noted, and several players will line up in different positions as the season progresses. That versatility will be key for the Wildcats, who lack depth with just 10 players.

"If we can stay healthy with only 10 players, we should be very competitive this year," Cutting said.

The Wildcats are a great group, according to their coach.

"It's been a lot of fun coming to practice," Cutting said. "The girls have been working hard and have great attitudes."

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