Milan High School softball field

Lady ‘Cats lose talented senior class, but aim to reload for 2017 softball success

High School Softball

As the Milan Lady Wildcats quickly approach the 2017 softball season, the program’s second in the Grand River Conference, the girls and Head Coach Nathan Dodson are hopeful that the winning mentality installed by last year’s seniors, who led the team to a third place finish in the GRC East, will bleed into this year’s group.

While trying to replace seniors like ace pitcher Kenna Michael and shortstop Sam DeRyke will be a challenge, Coach Dodson is confident in the ability of this year’s seniors, many of whom who have been asked to switch defensive positions this fall, to be ready to roll for the latest edition of Lady ‘Cats softball:

The comfortability factor for Milan, with greater knowledge of their “new” rivals in the GRC East coming off a year ago, should be helpful to the Lady ‘Cats.  Milan will see a familiar foe in their season opener, hosting the Putnam County Lady Midgets on Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30.  A trip to Polo to battle the Lady Panthers will be two days later:

With fire-balling left-hander Kenna Michael now playing for the Lady Pirates of North Central Missouri College, there could be more defensive opportunities for the Milan defense to deal with over the next two months, meaning that consistently making those plays, and consistent strike throwing to keep free passes to a minimum, will be critical aspects to softball success:

That is Milan High School softball coach Nathan Dodson.  After finishing third in the GRC East a season ago, Milan continued its good initial season in the conference with a “cross-over” win on the road against Braymer, the third-place finisher in the GRC West.