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Trojan softball team prepares for coming season

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New Castle High School softball pitcher Madie Harter fires the ball to catcher Allicen Burris (not shown) during Thursday afternoon’s practice in North Gym. Temperatures of 28 degrees, wind, and snow flurries outside prompted the practice to be held indoors for another day.
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From the left, New Castle High School softball player Haylie Graham follows through after hitting the ball while teammates Alyssa “Peanut” Semler and Mariah Nicholson await their turns in the batting cage during Thursday afternoon’s practice in North Gym. Outside temperatures of 28 degrees plus wind and snow flurries promped the practice to be held indoors.
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The New Castle High School softball team gathers around its assistant coaches inside North Gym to learn what is in store for practice Thursday afternoon with 28-degree temperatures, wind, and snow flurries outside. Catcher Allicen Burris is at the far right wearing shin guards.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

When one thinks of softball, one envisions sunny skies and warm temperatures for a game played on a diamond outside.

So what does a softball team do when skies are cloudy, temperatures are in the 20s, and it’s windy with snow flurries outside? You stay inside and do as best you can to perfect your skills for the upcoming season.

That’s what the New Castle High School softball team did Thursday afternoon, as it utilized the North Gym to work on skills that will be needed in the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin later this month.

Trojan Coach Jeff Theobald’s team actually has a scrimmage scheduled for this Thursday with Tri on the Titans’ new field, weather permitting, and will start its regular season Thursday, March 22 at Union County.

Spring break for New Castle Community Schools is scheduled for the last week of March and the first week of April, but the Trojan softball team will be playing regular season games those two weeks, including the home opener at Baker Park Monday, April 2 against Connersville.

New Castle has dropped down to Class 3A for the next two seasons and has some new opponents in Delta, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Jay County, and Yorktown in Sectional 24. The Trojans play the Eagles and Tigers during the regular season, but not the other three.

In Thursday afternoon’s practice focused on pitching, catching, and hitting, with much of it in the batting cage. Work on defense, primarily catching high fly balls, will have to wait for another day when the weather is a bit warmer and it isn’t snowing.