WEST JEFFERSON — After losing just one senior to graduation, the Ashe County Lady Huskies are hoping for a successful 2017 season that officially begins this week.
“We have a lot of people back at the same positions they were at last year and we have pretty much the same starting lineup we had last year,” said Ashe County head coach Bill Key.
This team features five seniors that will play a big role in determining how much success the team will have this year. Sarah Houck, Chloe Sullivan, Alyssa Barnes, Jada McClure and Emma Treva have all been a part of the Lady Husky softball program and hope to have a strong season in their final year.
Junior Lora Jones and sophomore Abby Sullivan both played up on the varsity level last year and both will be key contributors on this year’s squad.
The bulk of the pitching responsibilities will be up to the senior Treva and junior Katie Young. Key said that there are also a couple freshman pitchers that might see some time later in the season, but right now they will start off on the junior varsity team.
Overall, the team will work hard to be much improved from last year’s record where the Lady Huskies finished at 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
“We have an experienced team with good leaders. If we can just play some solid defense and get timely hitting, we should be competitive in our games,” said Coach Key.
JV/Varsity softball schedule
March 1 JV/V at North Surry 4/6 p.m.
March 3 JV/V at Hibriten 4/6 p.m.
March 6 JV/V vs. Avery 4/6 p.m.
March 9 JV/V vs. Watauga 4/6 p.m.
March 14 Var at Starmount 5 p.m.
March 15 JV/V at Watauga 4/6 p.m.
March 17 JV/V vs. Wilkes Central 4/6 p.m.
March 20 JV/V vs. North Surry 4/6 p.m.
March 21 JV/V vs. East Wilkes 4/6 p.m.
March 24 Var at North Wilkes 4:30 p.m.
March 28 JV/V at West Wilkes 4:30/6:30 p.m.
March 31 JV/V at Alleghany 4/6 p.m.
April 4 JV/V vs. Elkin 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 5 JV/V vs. Hibriten 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 7 Var vs. Starmount 4:30 p.m.
April 11 JV/V at Wilkes Central 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 13 JV/V at East Wilkes 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 18 Var vs. North Wilkes 4:30 p.m.
April 19 JV/V at Avery 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 21 JV/V vs. West Wilkes 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 25 JV/V vs. Alleghany 4:30/6:30 p.m.
April 28 JV/V at Elkin 4:30/6:30 p.m.
May 1-5 Mountain Valley Conference Tournament at Wilkes Central
May 10, 13, 16, 19, 23-27 NCHSAA Playoffs
June 2-3 NCHSAA State Championships
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.