Chapin softball has been on a rather nice roll of late. In four seasons under the tutelage of Jason Jolley, the Eagles have gone 95-21 overall, 42-2 in region play.
This year, the outlook is uncertain. Chapin took a major graduation hit and 10 of the 12 projected varsity players are either sophomores or freshmen.
“We graduated six seniors and three other varsity players moved, so we’re very young,” said Jolley, who guided the 2012 team to a 25-6 record and region and district championships.
Seniors Alyssa Blankenship and Ashley Bonnette, sophomore pitcher Abby Malcom and freshmen Lindsay Harris and Brooke Burns are the foundation players. Blankenship was an all-region center fielder a year ago, while Bonnette (2B), Burns (SS and Harris (3B) anchored the infield. Harris will also see time at catcher.
The key figure could be Malcom, who is projected as the ace of the pitching staff now that 3A player of the year Taylor Morgan is gone. Malcom was 11-1 as a spot starter behind Taylor over two seasons.
Freshman Olivia Chapman (1B), sophomore outfielders Nicole Smith and Samantha Kerr, RF and sophomore pitcher Kaylah Mullins are varsity newcomers in key roles.