Deer Isle—The Deer Isle-Stonington varsity girls softball team is young and looking for a fresh start with a “new” coaching staff. We have 15 players coming out, and they are mostly sophomores and freshmen. Longtime coach Terry Siebert has retired and Darian Ouzts Gove, who assisted Terry for the last several seasons, is taking over. Helping her is her sister Sydney Ouzts, Amber Jones, and Emily Herrick, all of whom have a lot of quality experience in the sport.
Madison Frazier is the lone senior, with Amy Friedell and newcomer Danielle Montoya as the only juniors. The sophomores are Lily Gray, Kristin Thompson, Abby Stinson, Haley Hardy, Sadie Rice, and Kaley Eaton, all with experience from last year.
The freshmen are Brittany Gray, Katie Hutchinson, Brienna Limeburner, Ella Marshall, Sailor Eaton and Deja Benner. Coach Gove is looking to develop several of the players into pitchers, using the experience from her coaching staff. She also cited that Lily Gray has shown great promise at the important position of catcher.
With the leadership from the more experienced players mixing with the enthusiasm of the younger players, Coach Gove is excited for this team. She has been stressing team building and communication as well as working on skills and endurance. Most of the players will be playing at different positions and that flexibility allows for the ability to cover many situations.
Like any young team, getting started in live games will be a learning experience. Quality pitching is critical in softball and that comes from good coaching and commitment from the pitchers. We may be a bit inconsistent at the start, but once we get our legs underneath us, we should be very competitive, a big improvement over last year. Just keep your eye on the ball, girls!