Cardinals gear up for post-brake era in 2017 – parsons sun_ sports

The Halcyon Era of the Labette Cardinals softball team the past two years — back-to-back fifth place finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament — has turned into a game of thrones following the departure of 10 sophomores from the class that delivered those tourney finishes.

Brake is the only pitcher in junior college history to win the NJCAA Pitcher of the Year award twice and holds virtually every meaningful pitching record at Labette.

Of the 18 postseason games Labette has played in the past two campaigns, Brake started all but two of them, including throwing every inning at the national tournament.

Brake’s dominance nullified Labette’s offensive deficiencies a season ago. Landscaping logos The Cardinals hit just .263 as a team, the second-lowest in school history going back to 2008, and hit a program-low 18 home runs.

“Without Alex Brake in the circle, offensively we’ve got to be able to produce more runs,” Labette head coach Ryan Phillips said. Facebook stock news “That’s more of our mentality this year. Mizzou softball schedule The last few years, if you scored two or three runs, we gave ourselves a chance. Softball america But we won’t have that consistency this year.”

The past few years has seen Phillips’ short game develop into one of the strongest in the nation — embodied by a bases-loaded, two-strike bunt he called for in an elimination game at regionals last year that scored two runs.

“I’d rather have a team of .275 to .300 hitters than two girls hitting .400 and everybody else is at .250,” Phillips said. Wild pitch baseball “If we hit over .300 as a team, I think we’ll be pretty good. Mizzou softball roster But we have to produce in the short game. Francesca eastwood mother That’s moving runners, executing bunt-and-runs and squeeze plays. Auburn softball hop The last two years, we haven’t had that big explosion but we came up when it was needed. African landscape That’s what this group has to do.”

Independence native and second baseman Sierra Marquez is the team’s only returning All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honoree, earning Second Team recognition a season ago.

“Second base is the toughest position to play on the field, in my opinion,” Phillips said. Landscape photography tutorial “You don’t get as many ground balls as a shortstop, but there’s a lot more execution in our scheme. Garden ideas uk You’ve got to be able to cover bunts, fake bunts. Pitch meaning in urdu There’s a lot more of a mental approach and understanding of everything, and she does a tremendous job of being prepared and understanding her position. Asa fastpitch softball rules 2015 She does a great job of leading.”

The only other returning everyday starter for the Cardinals is catcher Kendall Morisset, who didn’t even earn the starting job until last 11 games of the season last spring.

“I don’t intend on her being back there every single game,” Phillips said. Basketball “You can’t have a kid catch 60 games a season and expect them to produce late in the season offensively. Baseballgames Eventually, your knees and legs go out.”

One sophomore that Phillips expects to take a big leap in production is Cali Porter. Basketball rio 2016 tv schedule Last season, the Gladstone, Missouri native appeared in 33 games and hit .212 in a primarily pinch-running role. Garden snake images She finished third on the Cardinals’ roster with 12 stolen bases in 2016.

“She’s really stepped up, put some work in and matured tremendously,” Phillips said. Sprinkler system denver co “She’s done a really good job of knowing how to slap, and not just slapping. Fences trailer That’s a testament to her. Hitting drills for softball Defensively, she may start at shortstop. Drip from my walk We’re up in the air between short and third right now.”

“She’s acclimated herself to the team pretty easily,” Phillips said. Rawlings company “She puts the work in and her personality meshes with anybody. Facebook login help We had about two weeks after volleyball season to have team practices, so she didn’t get much of an opportunity.”

“She’s an athlete, she’s going to be able to come in and give us that extra speed in the offensive lineup,” Phillips said. Artistic pavers “The outfield isn’t a difficult position to understand what we’re doing. Minor league baseball teams in florida It’s not like the middle infield. Basketball wives season 5 episode 3 It’s more technique than anything.”

Another first-year player that’s piqued Phillips, who is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Cardinals, is Carl Junction native Skylar Sadler, who’ll likely play first base.