The Marceline Lady Tigers are heading into the upcoming softball season with experienced players, and are looking to bring a talented group of underclassmen up to speed. Last season, Marceline ended their season in the second round of District’s.
The Lady Tigers were 10-14 last season, and board nine returning lettermen, and five to their starting lineup. The team had a batting average of .318, an ERA of 2.79, allowed 5.1 runs per game, and scored 5.7 runs per game.
Marceline’s softball program is in its 10th season under Head Coach Todd Lowther. Lowther has a career record at MHS of 142.96.
Leading the way for the Lady Tigers this season will be a pair of seniors, both of whom have seen significant varsity time in their four years at MHS. They will provide leadership to a young team, that has more varsity time than many would expect.
Senior pitcher Morgan McCormick led the team both offensively and defensively last season. McCormick had a .413 batting average, six homeruns, 14 RBI’s, a .775 slugging percentage and scored 30 runs last season for the Lady Tigers. She was an All-Conference, All-District and All-Region player last season. McCormick has earned many post-season honors in her time on the diamond for the Lady Tigers.
Fellow senior second baseman Sydnee Brooks is also a returning All-Conference and All-District player for Marceline. Brooks filled in for an unjured senior four years ago, and has not left the starting lineup since. Brooks had a .333 batting average, 11 RBI’s, and scored 21 runs last season.
Also coming back in black and gold will be junior catcher/outfielder Kate Peiffer. Peiffer will be a three-year varsity veteran this year, and earned All-Conference and All-District honors last season. Peiffer had a .324 average at the plate with 10 RBI’s.
Newcomers to keep an eye on for the Lady Tigers include: junior Ashley Wheeler. Wheeler transfers back from Brookfield, and is sure to see time as an infielder this year at MHS. A trio of freshmen also highlight the talented underclassmen group, Elaine Ewigman, Jacee Brooks and Abbie Peiffer.
Ewigman, Brooks and Peiffer all have talented older siblings who either were standouts for the Lady Tigers, or who currently are standouts for the Lady Tigers. Ewigman will be an outfielder, Brooks is a catcher, and Peiffer is a pitcher/infielder.
“We have some good and experienced players returning to our team,” said Coach Lowther. “They will be joined by a talented freshmen class. Our pitching and team speed will be some strengths for our team this year. If the team works hard to improve, we should be a competitive team that can contend for a Conference and District championship.”
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