Because Community R-6 Athletic Director Matthew Thomas likes to get ahead things instead of dealing with issues on a last minute basis, when former varsity softball coach Haley Nobis decided to step down from that position in order to focus on some personal educational goals, he knew what to do.
That simply opened the door for Madison Henke to become the next head coach for the Lady Trojans, and that's a role she was heavily involved in all summer long. Having played at Culver-Stockton for three years, Henke might be a little younger than some of her counterparts, but so far the girls have really taken to her. Not only did the team take to her style of play during summer league competition, the transition to the Capitol Activities Conference appears to be seemless up to this point.
"I believe that our team is well rounded. We have struggled to string hits together in the past but I think after our summer league and the first couple weeks of practice, we have found a more consistent batting order one through nine," Henke said. "We also have several of our younger girls who will help us out on the offensive side."
Some of what is going to keep this team moving forward this season is what's new to the lineup. For some that means returning after a hiatus while others are newcomers, but all have their own story to tell.
"Coming back, after playing her freshman year, would be junior Sadie Hoyt. She will be a great asset for us this year in our lineup. New to the varsity team would be sophomore outfielder Emily Hoyt and freshman outfielder/pitcher," said Henke". "Clark will help us out (in the circle) this year along with our starting pitcher, Emma Angel, and our other upperclassman pitcher, Dalaney Bowers."
Last year the Lady Trojans finished with a record of 8-15 overall in their final season in the Eastern Missouri Conference. In 2018-19 CR-6 has a much brighter outlook based on the fact it will be playing schools with similar attendance numbers it has in the CCC as opposed to an EMO schedule littered with larger schools such as Montgomery County and North Callaway.
"With being in the new conference this year, I feel like we will have more success playing against schools closer to our size," Henke said. "Some members of the team who will not be returning are Lauryn Robnett and Brianna Beamer because they wanted to focus on other aspects of school."
Seniors Delanie Windmann (3rd/OF), Maddee Gastler (1st), Katie Bertels (2nd), and Taren Clark (OF), Juniors Natalie Thomas (SS), Deann Brooks (3rd), Dalaney Bowers (OF/P), and Sophomores Emma Angel (P/OF), Emmi Johnson (C), McCailyn Drainer (OF), Emily Hoyt (OF), and Emma Hombs (OF/IF).
Sirrina Dunn (P/OF) and Tayler Cope (C/OF).
COMMUNITY R-6 VARSITY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE 2018-19
DATE OPPONENT TIME
8-27 Glasgow 5:00 p.m.
8-30 Hermann 4:30 p.m.
9-4 Pilot Grove 5:00 p.m.
9-7 Silex 5:00 p.m.
9-8 New Franklin Tournament TBD
9-10 Northeast (Cairo) 5:00 p.m.
9-11 Slater 5:00 p.m.
9-14 Sturgeon 5:00 p.m.
9-15 Cairo Tournament TBD
9-17 New Franklin 5:00 p.m.
9-20 Madison 5:00 p.m.
9-22 Paris Tournament TBD
9-24 Mark Twain 5:00 p.m.
9-27 Van-Far 5:00 p.m.
10-1 Wellsville-Middletown 4:30 p.m.
10-2 Louisiana 5:00 p.m.
10-4 Marion County 5:00 p.m.
LADY TROJANS JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL SCHEDULE 2018-19
9-1 CR-6 Tournament TBD
9-4 Silex 5:00 p.m.
9-6 Troy South Jr. 5:00 p.m.
9-10 South Callaway 5:00 p.m.
9-11 Monroe City 5:00 p.m.
9-13 Van-Far 5:00 p.m.
9-17 North Callaway 5:00 p.m.
9-19 Montgomery County 5:00 p.m.
9-20 Mark Twain 5:00 p.m.
9-22 Troy South Tournament TBD
9-27 Louisiana 5:00 p.m.
9-28 Clopton 5:00 p.m.