Cindy Carmichael had the pieces she’s long been looking for as Ravenswood High School’s head girls softball coach.
Depth was indeed on her side in 2020.
Now she’s trying to avoid the depths of frustration as her ninth season at the helm dangles in jeopardy.
Carmichael is doing everything in her power to remain positive as the coronavirus stalls the sports scene of Jackson County and beyond.
“This was finally going to be the year we had pitching depth,” said the 2004 Ravenswood High graduate and Class AA All-Stater, “and then this happens.”
Graduation took third baseman Kendall Bowen, who was Class A Honorable Mention last season, second baseman Jayla Sayre and Hannah Smith, who played center and earned Special Honorable Mention All-State, from a squad that reached the Class A sectional final.
All three were valuable pieces and were going to be sorely missed in 2020.
But flipping the page, Carmichael and assistants Rachel Mason and Brittany Stephens were extremely excited about the upcoming season and remain so.
The senior class features returning Class A First Team All-Stater Rylin Tabor, who will move to center this season after holding down the position in left last year, and designated hitter Emily Stutler.
Tabor’s All-State season included 20 doubles, four triples and four home runs. She had 50 RBI on the year.
The junior class consists of Grace Yeager, outfield, Lake Thompson, second base, Taylor Tribbett, third base, Taylor Heath, outfield/catcher, and pitcher Jamie Naylor, who was the team’s primary starter a year ago.
Three sophomores dot the Devilette roster in Braylin Tabor, first base, Libby Hall, outfield, and Carlee Hupp, catcher.
Hall was a Class A Second Team All-State pick last year.
The freshmen class leads the way in number of players on the roster. They are: Abby Hood, pitcher, Hattie Kennedy, catcher, Emily Curtis, shortstop, Rikki Hatcher, pitcher/third base, Reaygan Tribbett, pitcher/second base, Shilyn Butcher, shortstop/outfield, Olivia Long, second base, Gracie Gould, first base, Riley Johnson, outfield, Cassie Bowser, outfield, and Ally Barnes, outfield.
Rylin Tabor, Taylor Tribbett, Naylor, Hall, Braylin Tabor and Hupp all started last season.
“I think we are strong all over,” said Carmichael, who played college softball at West Liberty. “We are at least two-deep at each position.
“We just have so many players who I could play wherever I decide to throw them in.”
She waits patiently for that day to arrive.