2021 Edgerton softball team picture

Members of the Edgerton softball team are (front row, from left) Allison Elliott and Avrey DeGryse; (second row) Grace Schroeder, Ella Miler, Holly Stark, Rylei Moreno and Dominique Fort; (third row) Ashlyn Sleesman, Lola Giesige, Nessa Cox, Noelle Ritter, Kennedy Stuut and manager Sydney Davis; (back) assistant coach Mike Caryer, assistant coach Kennedy Flower, coach Marchetta Caryer, assistant coach Jenna Florkowski and assistant coach Sharon Shaffer. Not pictured: assistant coach Jamie Nester.

EDGERTON — Edgerton softball has good team chemistry and work ethic, according to coach Marchetta Caryer.

And the Bulldogs will need that, Caryer said, as Edgerton will look to fill in some areas with youth and try to continue its 2019 success (13-12, 3-4 Green Meadows Conference, Division IV sectional title).

“It’s great having a young group come in that is talented, because sometimes you don’t always get that,” Caryer said. “The ones that we have, they’re talented, but they’re raw. It’s a big jump from junior high up to high school. I think they want to learn, they’re coachable. I’m excited.”

While Edgerton is getting a youth infusion, the Bulldogs still have some veterans on the team.

Edgerton has six returning letterwinners — seniors Rylei Moreno (catcher/pitcher) and Allison Elliott (first baseman), and juniors Holly Stark (left fielder), Ashlyn Sleesman (pitcher/outfielder), Grace Schroeder (second baseman) and Dominque Fort (right fielder).

Moreno fronts the group, as she tallied a .531 batting average with five home runs, 35 RBIs and 24 runs scored to earn all-GMC first-team honors two seasons ago. Elliott also earned honorable mention recognition in the GMC in 2019.

But even with their production and leadership, Caryer said there will be youth all over the field, which will take a few early games and scrimmages to see what clicks.

“Every day is an improvement, so I think if they keep doing what they’re doing it’s going to come together fairly quickly,” Caryer said. “We just need to play games. Practices you see a lot of things, but you really don’t see things until you have games... then you see the real light.”

Caryer said, like usual for Edgerton, the expectations are high this season, and the team wants to make sure to have a winning record, compete for a GMC title and make a run in tournament.

“They’re always high with me every year. The girls know that,” she said. “I don’t set the bar low for them, I set it high. I expect them to get to where we want to go.

“Even if it’s baby steps along the way, as long as we reach what our goals are and playing well by the end of the season, I’ll be satisfied.”

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