by Phil Aumiller
Last year’s team featured five Seniors in the starting lineup, so this year several girls will have a chance to step up. Coach Kyle Schuyler says, “With only 2 seniors, we are young this year, but the future is bright with 9 freshmen coming out for the program this year. We will have some growing pains, but I am confident that if we continue to work hard, we will be where we need to be by the end of the season.”
Seniors Madison Myers (C) and Rachel Bashor (P, 1B) are both solid performers with four years of experience in the Lyons High School program. Juniors Hayley Theriault (IF) and Dana Arling (IF) saw a lot of action last year, and are both smart players with good gloves and great speed. Junior Maddy Wallace saw regular use last year as a pinch runner, and made some spectacular plays during her limited time in the field. Junior Brittany King is still smiling from her pinch-hit two-out bases-loaded triple against Brush in the first District tournament game last year, and is expected to contribute this year, both at bat and in the field.
Others to watch are Sophomores Sammi Bashor, with outstanding speed, a solid bat, and fearless intensity, and Chandler Subbert with solid pitching skills and a big bat. Sophomore catcher Kimy Harrison, along with Freshmen Dakotah Chartier and Hannah Wallace, will also see some varsity innings.
Coach Schuyler is in his fifth year of coaching softball at Lyons, and this year his assistant coach is one of his former All-State players, Chelsea Hammans.
This is a team built on speed, experience, and a solid work ethic. Schuyler says that the girls know what they need to do to be successful.
Lyons is one of the smallest schools in the very tough 3A Patriot League. They’ll be up against last year’s top three teams in the state: Valley, Berthoud , and Platte Valley, all of which return most of their squads. Strasburg could compete for the league title as well.
The Season Opener was Saturday, August 27, against Gunnison in Strasburg. The home opener is Saturday, September 17, at 11 a.m. Coach Schuyler would like to encourage people to come out to the home games. “It is a gorgeous setting and good softball. We’d love to have more people out at the ballpark supporting our girls.”