Youthful Lady Eagles snare third place at North Zulch
With just one senior on its roster and hav ing graduated the starting pitcher and catcher from last season, the Milano Lady Eagles (2-6) softball team will have a youthful lineup this spring.
That didn’t stop them from taking third place in North Zulch.
In her third year at the helm of the Milano softball program, Roxie Kleiber said this season they are tackling things in tiny steps.
“We are a young team and each time we play we are focusing on one thing at a time,” Kleiber said. “Every week we are making progress and I am very pleased with the progress we are making.”
With just one high school team, Kleiber has a 16 player roster that boast just one senior, Christin Catalina, six juniors, two sophomore and seven freshman.
Graduat ion took away t he Lady Eagles three-year starting pitcher/catcher combo of Sharee Bundrick and Chelsey Bohannon, so Kleiber had to find a new combo.
Junior Masey Turnage and freshman Kiersten Bastow are sharing duties on the mound, while Catalina and sophomore Lyndsie Gray are behind the plate at various times.
The Lady Eagles went 1-2 in the North Zulch tourney over the weekend and grabbed the third place trophy. Turnage and Gray were named to the all-tournament team.
Milano was run-ruled 12-2 by St. Joseph’s to open play, the highlight of the game was a home run from freshman Stonie Guthrie.
The Lady Eagles then fell to host North Zulch 10-4 with Guthrie and fellow freshman Hayleigh LaGrone both collecting two singles.
The team finally got a win over the Grapeland JV 8-5 with Turnage and LaGrone each ripping two singles.