The Delta softball program has nowhere to go but up following a rough season in 2021. This season, they will return eight letter winners off a team that went 1-22.
“Hoping to be able to compete in most games and build from last season,” said second-year head coach Kelsey Gillen.
Back with experience for the upcoming season are Jersey Irelan, Anna Munger, Madison Savage, Abby Ford, Sophia Burres, Kate Friess, Jasey Spiess and Faith Kern. Newcomers will be Olivia Smith, Jaclyn Kohlhofer, and MacKenzie Mercer.
“We have eight returning varsity letterwinners, hoping to be able to continue to build the program from last year’s learning experiences,” said Gillen on the strengths of her team.
However, the Panthers will have to replace Reagan Rouleau who was second team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League a season ago, and Mariah Mattimore who was honorable mention.
“The program hasn’t had many wins for a number of years, trying to build confidence and a strong tradition,” Gillen said.
Delta begins its season on Saturday with a game at Montpelier starting at noon. Their first home contest is next Monday versus Lake at 5 p.m.