It was a “very good year” for Orange Lutheran softball last season, as the Lancers finished 26-5 overall and took 2nd place in Trinity League before losing in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.
OLu softball head coach Steve Miklos feels this year’s squad may be even better.
“In my 22 years coaching here, I think this is the best team we’ve ever had,” says Miklos.
The team consists of seven seniors, all of whom have signed to play college softball. The Lancers are anchored by senior All-County outfielder and LSU commit Ciara Briggs, as well as an enviable pitching staff in returning players senior Mia Bagatourian and junior Taryn Lennon and senior transfer Miranda Stoddard.
“We’re blessed with a great pitching staff,” says OLu varsity softball assistant coach, Jenny Miklos. “They all have talents that compliment each other.”
The varsity Lancers recently spent time in Lake Arrowhead for their annual team retreat, a time for the players to focus on team bonding and goal setting for the upcoming season.
“We set all of our goals – how we act as a team and how we hold each other accountable,” says Jenny Miklos.
Their schedule includes playing in the 2019 Dave Kops Tournament of Champions held in Bullhead City, Arizona, where the Lancers are the defending champions. Loaded with talent, the key to success this season will hinge on how they come together as a team.
“For us to be successful, we all have to be on the same page,” says Steve Miklos. “But we will be fun to watch. We have a very talented group of girls here. We’re very blessed.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88