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With the return of all 10 starters, Monterey softball coach Hazel Brallier is looking for bigger things in a bigger district.
While switching from District 3B to District 6B has not been the best move for Monterey's basketball teams, the Lady Wolf softball team may welcome the change after going winless in the district, which included Forest, which lost out in the Class B semifinals last year.
"I think it will help in the fact that the girls won't be thinking, 'Hey, we're playing Forest, we don't have a chance,'" Bralllier said.
Monterey earned a No. 22 seed in the Class B playoffs last year, where they lost to No. 5 Negreet 5-0 in the first round.
"We're going right into another tough district," Brallier said. "Oak Hill and Glenmora. Oak Hill reached the finals and Glenmora made it to the quarterfinals. But we should have everybody back."
Brallier returns 2009 All-Parish Player of the Year Ellen Bairnsfather, a sophomore who hit .348 with a .424 slugging percentage. She had an on-base percentage of .513 and an .867 fielding average.
Bairnsfather also had 85 strikeouts on the mound, having to pitch more games because of a shoulder injury to Holli Clay.
Eighth-graders Karlee Woodruff and Paige Bryan also will see time on the mound.
Bryan batted .270 with a .444 slugging percentage and had a .903 fielding percentage.
The catcher is Monterey junior Taylor Morace, who hit close to .300.
Senior Ariel Hector will be at first base, while senior Brooke Baker returns at second base.
In the outfield is Monterey's Casey White, a junior who hit .300 with a .405 slugging percentage and junior teammate Logan Dale, who batted .276.
Senior Casey White will be in left field.
Other players include freshman Kennedy Poole, Blake Morace, Ashton Wright, Paige Aswell, Ashlea Blake and Kimberly Morace, eighth-graders Baler Smith, Sarah Sims, Ashley Willson and MaCee Crouch and seventh-graders Payten Grimmit, Natalie Duncan, Jodee Duncan and Jadah Scroggins.
"We want to have some early success and go into district with some confidence," Brallier said. "We're looking forward to getting started."
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