By Will Nations
New faces, different games and a brand-new feeling of hope come at the beginning of a season. Both MAIS softball teams in Clay County would like to carry that hope throughout August and September.
Oak Hill and Hebron Christian opened full team practices in preparation for the late July start Monday. Both teams experienced difficult 2013 seasons, but both were confident for improved performance on the diamond this year.
Lady Raider head coach Nathan Ellis said last season was not the best scenario, fighting injuries and building up young players, but the team grew together.
"Injuries hurt the team and made us play really young players to be able to play," Ellis said. "This season we have some new faces and added more experience from last year.â€ť
The Lady Raiders return seven of nine starters from last yearâ€™s team. Ellis said the team has 20 players on the roster and summer individual workouts went well.
â€śWe had a strong summer with player specific workouts in June,â€ť Ellis said. â€śWe are still waiting for the whole team to get back from final summer vacations.â€ť
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