Lady Panthers look strong in the field, at the plate

Posted on: March 20, 2018
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With a solid core of starters returning from last season plus robust pitching talent, the Little Miami varsity softball team is poised for a strong spring season.

The Lady Panthers will be looking to better their 9-3 conference record last year, which left them tied for second with Harrison in the Southwest Ohio Conference, and are ready to repeat their appearance at districts.

Head Coach Mary Von Bargen said this year’s squad would have a key group of seniors to get it done on the diamond.

“Our seniors need to lead the way,” she said. “There are six seniors who were on varsity last year.”

These include Tayler Clark, who racked up 43 strikeouts last year in 71 innings pitched and a 2.74 ERA; Jaide Hodgson, who finished the 2017 seasoon with a .364 batting average; and Karrah Wind (.423 avg), a multi-talented athlete who was an all-conference honorable mention honoree for the SWOC-champion Lady Panthers basketball team.

Also lending a hand are sophomores Casey Kemp and Alivia Conte, and junior Kaelyn Stenger, who posted a tiny 0.87 ERA and 13 strikeouts last season through 32 innings pitched and racked up a .414 batting average.

“We have a strong team and anyone could have a break out game or season. I'm excited to get started,” Von Bargen said.

Von Bargen is in her fourth year of coaching at Little Miami, and has 26 years total coaching experience and was named Girls’ Greater Catholic League Coach of the Year at Mount Notre Dame. She also led Lakota West to two state semi-final appearances.

The Lady Panthers open their season Friday, March 24 on the road against West Clermont.

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