Jayettes look to swing to new levels

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Jayettes look to swing to new levels

Seventh year Jayette head coach Tina Kenney already has her softball team off to a better start than the 2014-2015 team.

This season the Jayettes have two wins in their first four games for a .500 record. The two wins were a feat that last season’s team didn’t accomplish until mid-June.

Kenney attributes the quick start to her team’s overall experience and the strong defensive presence the Jayettes have shown.

“We have a lot of experience returning to our defense, especially in our outfield,” she said.

In their first two games against the Des Moines Christian Lions and the North Polk Comets, the Jayettes outscored their opponents 23-1.

“I am fortunate to have a team full of players who can make things happen,” Kenney said.

In order for that offensive momentum to continue the coach will look to Rachel Kinney, Alyssa Kruger, and Johanna Diw as her catalysts to get the team on the score board early.

They have shown a lot of confidence in every at bat said Kenney. But she didn’t discount any other player on the team because like Kenney admitted that on any given night any of her hitters can get the job done.

Defensively, pitcher Emma Olejniczak will be looked upon to keep the competitors from any offensive explosions.

“Emma, as our pitcher is obviously a defensive leader on our team, but the team doesn’t win without everyone working hard,” Kennney said.

Leading the team, Kenney will count on her two senior captains Maddy Jans and Victoria Hegstrom to insert their knowledge and meaningful words to help guide the younger players.

“We have a goal of playing to our level every time we step on the field,” Kenney said. “I think a successful season means we accomplished that goal and giving everything we had to help the team reach it.”