MONTGOMERY — Coming off a sectional championship win over rival Loogootee, the Barr-Reeve softball team has high expectations heading into the 2014 season.
The Vikings will open their season Thursday afternoon when they host Linton at home. Coach Darren Kenney will return for his fourth year with the Vikings.
Barr-Reeve have high hopes for this season as they lose just three players from last year’s sectional championship team – Tanisha Graber, Molleigh Doyle and Alexis Chestnut. The Vikings lost 1-0 to Tecumseh in the Regional last year as the Braves went on to finish as the state Runner-Up in Class A.
The Vikings finished last year with a 13-12 record and were playing their best ball towards the end of the season. Kenney is encouraged by what he sees so far with this team.
“I am very optimistic about the team this year,” Kenney said. “We pretty well have the same infield back from last year along with all our pitching and it looks very promising. Although I have not decided on all the positions it appears that Senior Elaina Kavanaugh will start on the mound but we have some good pitchers behind her with Juniors Molly Chilton and Skylar Chestnut. Not all positions are set but I have an idea who might fill those spots.
"We hope to be more aggressive at the plate this year as we have some good hitters but just need to be more consistent. As we begin the season I like what I see thus far and hope we can put it all together with our hitting, pitching and fielding.”
The Vikings will return their entire pitching staff with Kavanaugh who pitched well in the tournament run last year after missing part of the season from injuries suffered in a car accident. Others who pitched well for the Vikings were Wallace, Chestnut and Sophomore Adrianna Duvall. Wallace and Chestnut not only do well on the mound but had key hits in last year’s sectional victories.