Middletown Christian softball preview

04/01/2011

Middletown Christian has a new coaching staff with Eric Walton taking over as head coach, but many of the players are back and, according to Walton, much improved.

“We’ve got five returning seniors and two junior pitchers who really stepped up last year,” Walton said. “We also have five freshmen and a couple of sophomores for a good mix of talent, so it should be a pretty good year.”

The Eagles will carry 16 players on the roster with no junior varsity team.

KEEP AN EYE ON

Alyssa Walton: The junior led the Middletown area with a .553 batting average

Karla Yanes: The senior is one of three returning first-team all-conference players

Patty Rhinehart: The senior is playing for first time since junior high

QUOTABLE

“I feel pretty strong that we can finish either first or second in the league this year. We’ve got very positive, natural leaders, and we’re very excited to get the season started.” — coach Eric Walton

LAST SEASON

7-9 overall, 2-5 Metro Buckeye Conference