By Morgan Luedy
The New London Ladycats’ softball team has many of last years’ varsity players returning for the 2017 season, and there is no shortage of players with 29 girls out for the team, both JV and varsity.
Ten of last years 12 varsity letter winners are back for this season including: Seniors Chey Liss, Ashley Parr, Delaney Porter, Kaitlyn Speicher, and Breanna Wilson; Juniors Emily Dalton, Elizabeth Logan, and Kathy Vangilder; and Sophomores Cassidy Lay and Gabby Ledbetter.
Some promising newcomers to the team are seniors Savana Nossa and Kourtney Teague along with Sophomores Lili Bartow, Kelsey Boswell, Megan Conrad, Sierra Hose, and Katie Layport.
Head Coach Chip Motolik believes the ‘Cats have players who can fill multiple positions on the field. The team’s projected pitchers are Gabby Ledbetter, Chey Liss, Kaitlyn Speicher, and Kathy Vangilder. The projected infielders are Emily Dalton, Cassidy Lay, Elizabeth Logan, Delaney Porter, and Kaitlyn Speicher. Chey Liss, Savana Nossa, Ashley Parr, Kourtney Teague, and Breanna Wilson will play in the outfield.
Coach Motolik is on his fourth year of coaching New London softball, with one District Championship under his belt, and an overall record of 52-27. “(Winning the) Firelands Conference Championship always has to be the first goal. The second goal is to be playing our best ball at the end of the year and try to make a deep tournament run.”