With only one jamboree behind the Havre High softball team this season, the Blue Ponies are excited to get back to competition. On Saturday, the Central A Ponies (2-2) will play two conference games in their home opener. At 11 a.m. HHS will face the Browning Indians, and at 3 p.m. they will face the Butte Central Maroons. And though the season is still young, this weekend holds a lot of weight with both opponents also coming from the Central A. “I think the girls are anxious to play,” Havre High head coach Bob Evans said. “They are tired of practice and ready for more games. Conference games are the ones that count, the nonconference games just don’t mean anything. The conference games are the ones that we have to win.” Since the Ponies last played last weekend in Great Falls, there haven’t been any major changes. Senior Holly Cartwright returns to the lineup after being sick, and team-wide that is a major deal. “We are really happy to have her back in the lineup,” Evans said. “She means a lot to the team, she is a great player and a great leader. Everybody on the team is excited to have her back.” But just as Cartwright returns, the Ponies may be facing another injury. Tabitha Myers makes up half of the Ponies' pitching staff, but her availability for Saturday is still up in the air. She injured her hip in Great Falls, but could be ready to go in time. The Ponies plan on bringing up a select few from the junior varsity, and if Myers isn’t able to pitch this weekend, they will be ready to go. Sophomore Jordan Lasalle will most likely make the move, and should see time on the mound if Myers remains out on Saturday. The rest of the Pony lineup is also well on it’s way to having the last of the slots filled. Cartwright will take third base, while Dylann Williams will take second. Kelli Kelsey will play shortstop and Andrea Nault will take left field. Chelsea Nottingham will play the catcher position, and Abigail Ita and hopefully Myers will rotate between pitcher and center field. And for now, Ciera Donovan and Larissa Martin will still compete for right field, as will Ashlie Keeling and Alex Herrig for first base. “Between those four girls,” Evans said. “They are going to have to earn those spots. Whoever steps up each week in practice will probably start.” Facing the Indians and Maroons, the Ponies know they have to play well. They don’t know much about either team, but they know they have to execute. The Indians are low on numbers, but can’t be overlooked. And the Maroons have made themselves comfortable as one of the top teams in the state, so the Ponies are prepared for two tough matchups. In preparation the Ponies have been focusing on the basics. They have been working on technique, and really working on ground balls, batting, pitching, cut-offs, relays and everything that has to do with the infield and outfield. “I just know we will have to be ready and play well.” Evans said. “I just hope we play as well as we did last weekend. If we win that will be a plus, but I am just hoping the girls play hard and hustle. We can’t control the wins and losses, but we can control how hard we try.” On Saturday the Ponies will play in their home debut as they face off against two conference opponents. HHS will face Browning at 11 a.m. and Butte Central at 3 p.m. Both games will take place at the Sixth Avenue Memorial Softball Field.
Pony softball team set for home debut
Published: Friday, April 9th, 2010
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