Having earned a share of the Trinity League title last season, the Orange Lutheran softball team is ready to hit the diamond and prove the doubters wrong.
Last year’s senior class was a talented group, and while this season’s Lancer squad is younger, OLu softball head coach Steve Miklos feels they are more balanced throughout.
“I’m looking forward to this season; it’s kind of a fun team,” says Steve Miklos. “We’ve got a good mix of speed and power. Defensively, we’re covered. Everyone is playing a position they normally play, and that doesn’t happen all the time in softball.”
The group will be led by four-year varsity starters Taryn Lennon and Victoria Fragoso. Lennon has played a number of positions for the Lancers over the years but will be looked at to lead the team on the mound as their pitching ace. Fragoso will be at shortstop and has worked hard in the offseason to improve her speed and strength.
“The combination of those two, not only on the field but the way that they interact with the other players, I would say that they’re definitely the two leaders on our team,” says OLu softball assistant coach, Jenny Miklos.
In addition to the always challenging Trinity League schedule, the Lancers will be attending the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Arizona, as well as the Michelle Carew Classic and the Righetti Spring Classic. The coaching staff feels this group will be very competitive and may even surprise some people.
“Our seniors are excited to embrace the underdog role,” says Jenny Miklos. “I think they kind of enjoy having to prove who they are. That’s a fun attitude for your team to have, where they want that challenge, and they want to show people what we’re made of.”