Marceline's softball team headed to Palmyra on Saturday for its Jamboree, and head coach Todd Lowther thought his team's results were mixed.
Mexico was also in attendance, and Lowther said that the Bulldogs' pitcher is possibly the best that his team will face this season.
"We gave up a lot of runs in four innings and our offense wasn't great, but we knew we still had quite a way to go," Lowther said. "We played better against Palmyra, but it's tough to compare when you're talking about two teams who are looking to make deep runs again."
The Tigers return six starters, including pitcher Maycee Edgar. Marceline fell in the district title game against host Macon and faces a tough schedule again this season.
Marceline's opening game will once again be against Penney -- one of the Tigers' only early-season losses from 2017.
"They bring a lot of girls back, and they're tough," Lowther said. "We still have some time to fix some things, but it'll be an early challenge."
The junior varsity team will play a tournament in Putnam County on Saturday, and the varsity squad opens with Penney on Monday.