Shepherd Looks to Build off Strong 2017
SHEPHERD – The Shepherd softball program was the surprise team in the Division 3 postseason a year ago, reaching the state semifinals before falling 1-0 to eventual champion and state power Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and University of Michigan prospect Meghan Beaubien.
The Bluejays graduated five players from last year’s 25-19 campaign but return plenty of talent in the infield.
Ace Haley Peska returns for her senior season after no-hitting No. 4 Millington in last year’s state quarterfinal.
“I feel like we can go pretty far, like I think we can go as far as we did last year for sure,” Peska said. “We’ve been going like pretty hard all together, and we’ve been pretty positive this year.”
An honorable mention team in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association’s preseason poll, Shepherd moved up to Division 2 season and will compete in a district at Midland Bullock Creek. Shepherd will be joined by the hosts, Bay City John Glenn, Freeland and Essexville-Garber in the five-team district.
“I think that going into this season a lot of our seniors especially are feeling the fire,” senior Ashleigh Bryant said. “A lot of our returning players from the underclassmen are coming up and really wanting to take it out… We beat everybody else, we can beat them again and just try harder.”
Weather permitting, Shepherd hosts Breckenridge Friday in its season opener.