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Lady Orange return a veteran squad this season

Madison Miller, Emma Gray, Shaneka Burch, Meg Smith, Jessica Bain and Shannon Farrell all return for the Lady Orange this softball season.

Madison Miller, Emma Gray, Shaneka Burch, Meg Smith, Jessica Bain and Shannon Farrell all return for the Lady Orange this softball season.

Orange schedule

April 22 Argyle

April 23 @Luzerne

April 24 North Warren

April 26 Luzerne

April 29 @Fort Edward

May 1 @North Warren

May 2 Corinth

May 6 @Hartford

May 8 @Warrensburg

May 10 Bolton

May 13 Fort Ann

May 14 @Glens Falls

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Emily Waters will play second base for the lady Orange this softball season.

— One of the newest members of the Indian Lake-Long Lake varsity softball team will be the coach, Long Lake Town Highway Superintendent Chip Farr.

This is Farr’s first year of coaching, ever, but he’s no stranger to the ball field.

“I have umpired for the Southern Adirondacks for eight-plus years,” he said.

In his spare time, Farr works for the Long Lake Central School District, so he’s already familiar with many of the softball players.

“I know the kids,” Farr said. “I drive the school bus part time for Long Lake, so I got to know the team pretty good, and when they were looking for a coach I decided to put my name in.”

Like other local softball and baseball coaches, Farr has had to deal with the fickle spring weather this year.

“We’ve just been practicing inside and doing what we can do inside,” Farr said. “We have a hitting cage in the Long Lake gym, so we’ve been using that, but it’s a lot different when you get outside.”

Luckily, as of Sunday, April 14, the field in Long Lake was snow-free.

“It’s a little soft, but we can still practice outside on it,” Farr said.

One of the main strengths for the Lady Orange this year is experience. The team didn’t lose one player to graduation in 2012 because there weren’t any seniors on the team last year. But 10 of the 11 players this year came back to play for the Lady Orange in 2013. Only freshman Madelyn Penrose is new to the rotation.

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