The Maryville softball program has reached unfamiliar territory as the season is coming to an end. For the first time in coach Chandra Demotts’ tenure, the team has posted a record above .500 at 12-8.
Maryville was set to face off against North Platte Oct. 8 until the game was cancelled due to rain. This marks the third game this season that has been delayed or cancelled due to weather.
With the season nearing the end, the Spoofhounds are prepared to make some noise in the MSHSAA Class 3 District 16 Tournament. The improvement from the team this year has instilled a newfound confidence heading into districts.
“Being able to send these seniors off with such a successful season has been great,” Demott said. “This season shows the work that the girls have put in to allow the team to be in such a great spot at this point in the season.”
Demott is pleased with what the team has put on display this season. She has praised the leadership of the seniors because of how well they have brought along the younger girls on the team.
“My expectation for the season has not changed throughout the year,” Demott said. “I have seen the work they put in and expected this season to be a successful one.”
The players have seen a huge change in the program’s success over the last four years. The seniors on the team even admitted there has been a significant change in the program since their freshman year.
“Our first year we did not have that much success, as we only won a couple of games,” senior Emma Baldwin said. “To finally have this kind of success in our last year is really great.”
The seniors have been the backbone of the team by showing the underclassmen how to carry themselves and play together as a team. After three losing seasons, the seniors have finally gotten a taste of what it is like to have a winning season. They have expressed how proud and excited they are for the team to finally post a winning record.
The Spoofhounds have proved this season that they will be a force to be reckoned with come districts. Districts provides an opportunity for the team to show that this season was not a fluke, but just the beginning of the program’s success.
“The main objective is to get past the first round of districts,” Demott said. “I would be lying if I said I did not want to win the district championship, but I believe that is something this team is capable of doing.”
In opening round action of the district tournament, the Spoofhounds clashed with St. Joseph-Lafayette Oct. 10 in Savannah. Results of this game were not available at time of publishing.