By Tug Olson
“The expectations for the season are simple, win state.”
The other four seniors agree with Leesa Murphy.
Last season ended with a 14-6 loss to Sitka in the state championship game. The Kayhi Lady Kings are looking for redemption.
Sophomore Shelby Lewis also feels confident about the season.
“I think we can make it back to [the] championship,” said Lewis. “ We have a quick, agile, and smart team. We also know the mistakes we made last year and how to fix them”.
Lewis believes that the Lady Kings are capable of keeping up with everyone else.
“Right now it’s fair game,” said Lewis. “Most schools lost six plus seniors which means they’re all new, young players.”
Kayhi is also a new group, with five Lady Kings graduating from the softball team last year: Hailee Miller, Emma and Martha Bullock, Felicia Ruaro, and Jazmyn Nedzwecky.
“We’re missing the seniors a lot right now,” said Lewis. “No one will have Felicia’s speed or Jazmyn’s intelligence. It’ll be tough playing without them, but we also have new players ready to fill their roles”.
“You adapt,” said Murphy. “We have a lot of returning players in different positions and a lot of new faces looking to play”.
Freshman Jenna Miller, sister to Kayhi alumni Hailee Miller, is a promising young player who looks to fill her sister’s shoes on the varsity stage. Fellow underclassmen Kayloni Bermudez, Grace Clark, Shelby Lewis, and Brittany Slick also hold spots on the varsity roster.
“We have three varsity freshman in Miller, Clark, and Bermudez,” said Lewis. “They’ve got talent and we’re looking forward to having them for the next four years”.
The first games of the season takes place this weekend in Sitka. The Lady Kings will go head to head against the Sitka Lady Wolves. They will playing two conference games on the trip at Moeller Field at 7:15 both Friday and Saturday. There will also be a non-conference matchup at 5:15 on Saturday.