Lake Forest Softball comes into this season looking to improve on their successful season last year. With returning outfielder Jon’nah Williams, who is slated to play next year at the University Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Scouts are primed for their best season in some time.
The infield consists of Sydney Martens at shortstop, Shannon Stowe at second base, and Amiya Tucker at third base. Margo Fleming is this team’s ace at pitcher with a solid fastball. The Scouts tryouts are next week Monday. According to senior outfielder Elizabeth Porter, “The team atmosphere is great, all the players really enjoy spending time together and stay positive throughout the season.” The Scouts toughest match-ups this season will be against libertyville, Lake Zurich and Warren. The Scouts lost last season to Lake Zurich 16-4, but got a big win last year against their conference rival when they defeated the Bears 7-5 later in the season. Caeli Kinsella was on the team as a freshman last year and looks to bring her versatile softball skills to this senior-heavy roster.
Head Coach Susie Brugioni is a counselor at Deer Path Middle school and looks to bring the Scouts another improved season and looks to build off of last years season’s success. Assistant Coach Sammy Bloomfield coaches outfield and helps with the pitchers. She and Coach Brugioni compliment each other’s coaching styles well.
Key losses from last year’s team are catcher Kallin Hermann, starting pitcher Ashley Dueringer, and outfielder and catcher Stephanie Reed. Still, the Scouts look to build throughout the season and push for May, when they begin their playoff push to win the conference. “Everyone should tryout for softball, it’s a great sport to meet new people,” mentioned Porter, a four-year varsity player. The girls will lean on their hitters Jon’nah Williams, Sydney Martens and Caeli Kinsella to put runs on the board and bring the Scouts much needed victories early on in the season. Look to come out on April 9 to support the Scouts against Libertyville, a game in which they are ready to take down the Wildcats, who beat the Scouts 10-0 last year. This year’s team is different from the previous season where the Scouts will bring in much needed experience to help guid them through the tough season.
Ultimately, this Scouts team is looking to improve off of a successful season in which the foundation for success was built a season ago. They will rely on their hitters too pull out wins for them late in games, but ultimately the backbone for this team will be their senior leadership. The experience they bring to the roster will play a key role into pushing them to another successful year.