Purcell will kick off the 2022 slow-pitch season March 21 at home when they host Wayne.
Coach Sarah Jones is in her seventh year as softball coach in Purcell.
“This year is going to be a little different than years past and that is ok,” Jones told The Purcell Register.
“We don't have as many girls playing but what I love is that everyone is doing what they feel is best for them, is doing something active, and also filling in when they can to help out the girls that are wanting to play.
“Everyone is doing something in spring and as a coach, I am thankful for that. We have multiple girls who are in track, tennis and have started summer softball and basketball. We are busy but we will make it work,” the coach said.
“I never want to hurt another program nor do I want to put the girls in the position that they feel they will let anyone down. We can't forget that the spring is the end of the school year and there are a lot of final grades and testing being done. The stress of that alone is a lot and then missing school on top of that can be a lot,” Jones said.
Due to graduation, the Dragons lost starters in Hannah Buchanan, Missy Nimsey, Kinley Croslin, Kaylee Evans and Brook Fleming.
Returning to play are Madison Veach, new to softball is Kylie Constant, and new to Purcell Kyleigh Wells. Sophomores out include Alie Holler-Willess, Kailynn Helton and Kelly Anderson.
Freshmen out include Anika Raper and Kyleigh Green who played slow-pitch in junior high last year.
“Players coming out to help us around other sports and commitments are junior KK Eck, sophomores Payci Constant and Avery McWhirter and freshmen Brynley Jennings, Ella Resendiz, Hannah Whitaker and Coty Sessions,” the coach said.
“Our schedule may be small but we will make the best of it. Our goal is to get better every game and have fun,” Jones concluded.
Assisting Jones this season will be Scott Ward.
“I have to give a shout to our junior high group who went out and played in the Dibble Festival Monday fighting 30 degree temperatures. I’m looking forward to see what they do this season,” she said.
Junior high coaches are Kenzie Cunnius and Kayla Sweeney.
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