Maryville softball ended the season in MSHSAA Class 3 District 16 Tournament vs. St. Joseph-Lafayette. The Spoofhounds dropped a nail biter losing 10-9 against the Fighting Irish.
The ‘Hounds squared off against Lafayette twice this season. The rematch in districts came down to the very end, which cannot be said about the first meeting between the two teams.
Maryville started off the game strong, taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the second inning. The bats for the Spoofhounds cooled off until the sixth inning, where they scored four runs to cut the deficit to one.
Going into the top of the seventh, Maryville trailed 10-9. The Spoofhounds’ rally was cut short as Lafayette retired the side and put the team’s season to bed.
Maryville finished the season at 12-9, which is quite the improvement on the previous campaign in 2017 where it finished 7-14. This was the first winning season the team has had under coach Chandra Demott. With the team losing five seniors, there is going to be a change in leadership amongst the players.
“I’d be lying to say we aren’t losing a lot in this group,” Demott said. “We are losing some great leaders, each with different personality traits that have allowed them to work as a unit and impact every player on this team.”
Demott knows that losing this group of seniors will take its toll on the team, but she has high expectations for the next group of girls to step into those roles. She does not expect everything to stay the same, as a new wave of leaders will step up and lead in their own way.
Demott has exuded supreme confidence in the players that will return next fall.
“Next year’s leaders look to be returning players in outfielder Jessica Finch and pitcher Riley Gray. They will also be backed by transfers Jana Walker and Kaytlynn Hall,” Demott said. “My returning players have been with me their entire career, and have seen the progress the program has made. I expect to see similar leadership out of them that I have in the current group.”
Demott believes the transfers will impact the team with their leadership qualities and skill sets. The coach showed excitement for the future of the program as she sees potential in this next group of players.
“It sucks to send the seniors off like this, but we have made so much progress,” Gray said. “Even though we didn’t win districts, the future is bright for us.”
The Spoofhounds gained some much-needed experience this season with a major change headed for the roster. Demott wants the program to continue to build on the success from this past season.
“All I can hope for and want for these girls is to see their hard work and dedication pay off,” Demott said. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to watch them develop into amazing young women on and off the field.”
The Spoofhounds had their most successful season this past year, but they are not done. Maryville will aim to come back stronger next season.