By Jacki Wood

After finding some success in developing a stronger defensive game last year, the Maryville Spoofhounds softball team is working to get more aggressive offensively this year.

“The girls really put in a lot of time and hard work to come together and become solid defensively (last year),” Head Coach Chandra DeMott said, now in her second year with the team. “The girls have been focusing on getting aggressive on the bases and really working hard to get their hitting straightened out.”

Joining the coaching staff this year is Jennifer Stock, who has brought some new drills to the program, DeMott said.

“We are eager to see the improvements develop in this area,” she said.

The team lost two seniors to graduation, pitcher Amanda Volner and shortstop Kylie Reuter.

“While these girls left behind vital spots to fill,” DeMott said, “I have no doubt that the roles will be filled for this season so that the team continues to grow and find success.”

Seniors on this year’s team include Emily Degase, Christina Derks, Abbie Greeley, Amanda Frueh, Kylie Proffit, Brooklynn Williams and Meg Yarnell.

“These girls have worked hard,” DeMott said, “so I’m excited to see the improvements in action.”

With a 4-20 overall record and 1-8 record in the MEC last year, DeMott wants that hard work to pay off this year.

“I’d really love to see these girls continue to improve and have fun with the game,” she said. “Getting past the first round of districts would be great, but we are taking this season one game at a time and focusing on improving our skills.”

The Spoofhounds will begin the regular season against North Nodaway on August 22.