Carroll Christian makes a new pitch

March 30, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll Christian softball coach Judy Mied calls it "an iffy year."

The big if? Pitching.

Mied is bringing along a handful of young players, but it's the development of one of her most experienced players -- junior pitcher Rachel Holdefer -- that will tell the story for the Patriots.

Holdefer has been one of the Patriots' most consistent pitchers the last couple of seasons -- throwing underhand. After last season, she began throwing windmill style after attending a pitching clinic. Mied is prepared for the transition.

"The pitching is going to be erratic for a while, but we're grooming her for windmilling and are just going to go with it and take what it brings," Mied said.

In the Patriots opener Tuesday against Chapelgate, it brought a 26-15 loss. A lot of the runs came as a result of walks, but Mied is confident Holdefer will come around.

"That was the first time she was facing live batters. She's been throwing strikes in practice off a wall," Mied said. "Once she gets two or three games under her belt, she'll be in pretty good shape. She's worked very hard and has always done everything asked of her."

As evident by the 15 runs scored against Chapelgate, Mied is convinced producing runs won't be a problem.

Sophomore Cathy Saylor (SS/CF) and Holdefer will bat 1-2 in the lineup and should get on base plenty for the middle of the order.

Freshman Kelly DeWitt hits third; she had a triple against Chapelgate. Junior Kristy Caldwell, a transfer from Florida, hits fourth and at 5-foot-10 provides a great target at first base. Senior returnee Cheryl Beard (3B/2B) is fifth in front of juniors Sharla Miller (CF) and Kellie Kirk (C) -- both three-year players.

"Our hitting won't fail us. We can come up with some big innings," Mied said. "The top seven in the order is pretty set."

Mied has a lot of versatility and will present many different looks as she meshes some of the younger players into the lineup.

Leslie Armfield (OF), Rebecca Mied (OF/P), Mindy Kirk (P), Lisa Armfield (IF), Wendy Gries (OF) and Renee Coglianese (P) are all first-year players who will see playing time.

Seniors Heather Rhyne (2B) and Courtney Tracey (OF/P), and sophomore returnee Kim Mitchell (OF) give the Patriots even more depth.

"It's a good mix and it's critical the veterans and youth meld together," Mied said. "As the year goes on, we're going to continually grow and expect a decent team in the end."

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