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: Jessica Kinnear pitches one down the pipe during ladies slopitch tryouts last night at ARHS. Kinnear was one of 25 girls on hand for the first night of tryouts.
AMHERST – Slopitch season is just around the corner, and the first night of Amherst Regional High School ladies slopitch tryouts was last night at ARHS.
Second year ARHS ladies slopitch coach, Ashley Moore, said she will stick to the basics and keep it simple.
“We have a lot of athletes but we don’t have a lot of softball or baseball players, so our practices are focused on the fundamentals like fielding the ball, throwing the ball and hitting the ball,” said Moore.
Making the team will be tough.
Of the 25 girls at last night’s tryout, 10 are returning from last year’s team, and eight of those girls are now in Grade 12.
“We only had a couple of seniors last year who are gone, and I think we lost one girl to track this year,” said Moore. “We usually need around 14 players, depending on the situation.”
Last year’s season was shortened because of rain.
“We hosted a three-team regional tournament here in Amherst,” said Moore. “We came in second to South Colchester and they went on to play at the provincials. We played Hants East and beat them.”
They hope to have two more tryouts next week, “and then we’ll get into practicing,” said Moore.
They also hope to be playing games right away.
“It depends on the availability of other teams and on the weather,” she said.