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Youthful Vikings look to improve in 2013

Taylor Sprague will anchor the Moriah pitching staff this season.

Taylor Sprague will anchor the Moriah pitching staff this season. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Vikings schedule

April 16....at Seton

April 18....AVCS

April 20....NAC

April 23....at Saranac Lake

April 25....NCCS

April 27....at Ticonderoga

April 29....Peru

May 1.......Lake Placid

May 3.......at Saranac

May 6.......Seton

May 8.......Plattsburgh

May 10.....at AVCS

May 13.....at Beekmantown

May 15.....at NAC

May 17.....Ticonderoga

May 20.....at Lake Placid

— The Moriah softball team will be very young in 2013. The Vikings, who graduated 10 players last spring, return only two seniors.

“It’s a very young group,” Coach Billie Jo Simpson said, “but always willing to learn and improve.”

The Vikings do return four players this season — Taylor Sprague, Lauren Brace, Madison Stahl and Tori Fleury. Sprague played first base last season, but will pitch in 2013. Brace, a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all star a year ago, will again catch. She’ll also pitch at times and play on the infield. Stahl will man shortstop and Fleury will roam the outfield and play some infield.

“It’s a strong core group of returners,” Simpson said. “ I’m looking for them to provide leadership to a very young team.”

The Vikings will be versatile. Simpson expects at last six players to play multiple positions.

Newcomers to the squad include Sadie Fosco, Christina Lashway, Ashley Shores, Blake Bigelow, Caitlin Pelkey, Kayla Curran, Shelby MacDougal, Courtney Burch and Nicole French.

“We have not been able to get outside to feel out where to put the girls on the field,” Simpson said. “The majority of them played on modified last season.”

Assisting Simpson on the bench will be assistant coach Don Tesar.

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