Spring sports: It's that time of year
WORTHINGTON — The recent closing of the winter sports season sends a cue that spring isn’t far around the corner. In fact, two spring sports teams began practice Monday in Worthington.
The softball team could be found at an indoor practice Thursday afternoon as their diamond at the Worthington Middle School is still unfit for play due to melting snow. The track team found itself in a similar situation as ice and snow still blanket parts of the track at Trojan Field.
Either way, competition begins for both teams soon. Baseball and golf will begin practice this Monday with boys tennis getting underway a week later.
According to Trojans head softball coach Josh Wasmund, being inside is actually a good thing for his team at this point of the season. The Trojans were forced inside for a great deal of last season as well and seemed to benefit from the additional indoor batting practice.
“Things aren’t the same inside. You can’t take real ground balls or real fly balls, but we are able to get more swings in inside,” Wasmund said. “Last year the (April) ice storm put us inside and our batting average showed it.”
With 15 players on the varsity softball team, the Trojans will feature a balanced group of returning veteran three or four-year starters as well as some youngsters who will also fill key roles.
“We lost some good seniors last year but have some talented girls coming back,” Wasmund said.
Thirty-three boys fill out Worthington’s track and field roster. Competition begins with a meet April 4 in Slayton. Will Dudley, a senior for the Trojans, jumped to a fourth-place 13-11 at the state track meet last year in Class AA pole vault action.
A total of 29 athletes make up the Worthington girls track and field team. Ten juniors and one senior are out for the team.