Written by, Ian Grande
Stanley – The Stanley Blue Jays Softball season is under way. The defending West Region champions opened up their season with a convincing 14-3 victory over Washburn on Monday.
The Blue Jays finished fourth at last year’s state tournament.
Stanley will return a good chunk of last years team but they will need to figure out a way to replace reigning North Dakota Class B Senior Athlete of the Year Rebekah Taylor. Taylor was a standout for the Blue Jays throughout her career and was virtually unhittable last season.
Freshman Alyssa Ruden will step in as the Blue Jays top pitcher this season, Ruden was an All-Region honorable mention.
Senior Caitlyn Enger and junior Melody Taylor were both named to the All-West Region team last season.
Here are some thoughts from first year Stanley Softball head coach Bob Bartz.
Rebekah Taylor starting pitcher (Senior Athlete of the Year)
Nina Smith starting centerfielder
Megan Mills starting short stop
“We only lost three girls off of last year’s team, but they were some of the most key positions on the field, said Bartz.” “Their knowledge of game situations and game experience will be the toughest thing to replace.”
Sr. Caitlyn Enger- First base- 2016 All Region
Jr. Melody Taylor- Catcher- 2016 All Region
Fr. Alyssa Ruden- Pitcher- 2016 Honorable Mention
Sr. K.K. Obert- Left Field
Jr. Hope Parmeiter- Center Field
So. Alondra Salgado- Second Base
Fr. Maura Mills- Third Base
“We bring back 7 girls that played for us last year and and several others who played at the junior varisty level,” said Bartz. “These girls do a great job of working hard every day to get better. If we focus every day to get better on defense and limit our errors we will have a chance to be in a lot of games.”
Teams to beat
Stanley Blue Jay Softball Schedule (2017)
*Schedule is subject to change
*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. Feel free to reach out with any comments/concerns (StanleyGazette@gmail.com)
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