HESSTON – Fourth-year Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp will lean on his sophomore class to carry the bulk of the load in the upcoming season.?After setting a new program record for wins a year ago, the Larks look for more success this spring.?“I’m pleased with our talent and team chemistry,” Sharp said. “We have many key contributors back from a year ago and I’m expecting our older players to lead us. Our freshmen will contribute to our success, no doubt, but we’ll go as far as our sophomores take us.”?Following three non-region dates to start the year, Hesston opens Region VI play with a 4 p.m. Tiesday doubleheader at Independence Community College. Highlights of the schedule include home dates versus region rivals Hutchinson CC on March 19, Cowley College on April 9 and Johnson County CC on April 13.?“It’s an honor to compete in this region,” Sharp added. “We’ve competed a little better each of the last three years and we aim to continue that trend this spring.”
Roster?2 Crystal Leinbach, fr., INF, Hesston?3 Mo Brenneman, so., OF, Wellman, Iowa?4 Erin Albrecht, so., P, Sebewaing, Mich.?5 Olivia Miller, so., OF, Newton?10 Alyssa Gustafson, fr., OF, INF, Derby?11 Carlie Miller, so., INF, Middlebury, Ind.?12 Kaity Wills, so., SS/UT, Kapolei, Hawaii?13 Brooke Beckerman, so., OF,C, Inman?15 Bri Nevil, fr., C, Berne, Ind.?21 Ashlyn Knepp, so., INF, Millersburg, Ind.?33 Hayley Gately, so., 3B, P, Roseville, Calif.?42 Taylor Stroud, fr., INF, OF, Pleasant View, Utah?77 Taylor Wright, fr., C, INF, Salem, Ore.?Andrew Sharp, Head coach?Jake Gunden, assistant coach?Forrest Miller, assistant coach?Schedule?Feb. 26 at Independence CC 4 p.m.?March 1 at Kansas City (Kan.) CC 2:30 p.m.?March 5 at Cloud County CC (Concordia) 2 p.m.?Sun, March 17 at Highland CC noon.?March 19 vs Hutchinson CC 4 p.m.?March 22 vs Neosho County CC 4 p.m.?March 23 vs Allen CC noon.?March 26 at Brown Mackie College (Salina) 3 p.m.?April 1 at Bethel College (North Newton) 5 p.m.?April 2 at Dodge City CC 4 p.m.?April 5 at Labette CC (Parsons) 3 p.m.?April 6 at Coffeyville CC noon.?April 9 vs Cowley College 4 p.m.?April 12 vs Fort Scott CC 4 p.m.?April 13 vs Johnson County CC noon.?April 16 vs Pratt CC 4 p.m.?April 24 vs Friends University JV (sophomore recognition night) 5 p.m.