The Lady Cavaliers' softball team opens up its season this week and returns all but one player in Holly Lemay, who graduated.
"Pretty much at every position, except first base, we return starting players and still only lose one starter to graduation this year," said Coach Greg Phillips.
Sophomore Rylie Boullion will lead the team's pitching effort, while All-League Carol Ojeda will catch.
"These are just an outstanding group of young ladies that've really brought CHS kind of to a place where teams know they're going to have to play good ball to beat us."
In fact, the Lady Cavs won 7 of their last 9 games and played in the district semis last season after going (0-26) two years ago.
Coach Phillips says last year was the year that they learned how to win: "You can tell this year, basically, right from the get-go, they've picked up where they left off. They're confident, but they understand what they're going to have to do to win games ... and we're looking for great things this year."
The team will open up play against Zane Trace on Thursday at VA stadium.
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The Chillicothe varsity baseball squad lost four starter to graduation: Josh Sulzer, Marty Dunn, Joey Davis, and Nathan Winston. The Cavs return three starters in seniors Corey Demmick, Knute Bonner, and Chris Claytor.
Demmick spent some time as a first-baseman and pitcher, Claytor as a infielder and pitcher, and Bonner, who was a catcher last season, will move to the infield and outfield.
Coach Marty Dunn says he's going to have a young team this year: "I'm really counting on the three seniors we've got ... to kind of help these younger guys understand what it's like to play at the varsity level."
In fact, Dunn will be playing three freshmen in Nolan Taylor, Pierce Knisley, and Jalen Miscule.
"I'm not a big fan of bringing freshmen up. It's a lot difficult going from playing middle school to now all of a sudden in a varsity game. But the three I brought up this year... are mentally tough, I think, and their skill level dictates that they should be playing at this level."
Brandon Bonar, Seth MacGuire, Claytor, Demmick, Taylor, and Knisley will see time on the mound, while Miscule will catch.
Dunn, who says the group has a great work ethic, adds that he has one goal for his team: "Be better today than we were on yesterday."
The Cavs were slated to open league play on Wednesday; however, the game has been postponed following the death of Chillicothe AD Rey Bradley.
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