A strong 2021 season for the Lady Farmers softball team means heightened expectations that start from within.
Farmersville finished the year 17-8 overall and won the 13-4A championship with an 11-1 record. With six returning starters from one of the top lineups in the district, the goal is to win the title once again. This time, however, they’ll have some more questions.
“We’re a really young team,” head coach Paula Wilfong said. “We have one senior returning player, but there’s a lot of underclassmen that are coming back from last year’s squad. Along with that, some incoming freshmen are already with the team or coming from basketball. Lots of first and second-year players are available.”
Kate Ingram and Reese Fetty were the only seniors from last year’s team for the Lady Farmers, but important players. Fetty was one of the team’s top hitters and pitchers last season and is currently on a volleyball scholarship at Texas A&M Commerce.
Jamie Varga is replacing her as the top pitcher. She helped out in the circle last season and had 76 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA as the Lady Farmers’ second pitcher.
“Jamie came into that role last year and did a great job and allowed Reese to play some infield and do different things,” Wilfong said. “She’ll have to work with a new catcher this season in transfer Carleigh Deeds, but they’ve played summer ball together, so it should be okay.”
With a new pitcher in the circle, the team will have a different look this season. Coach Wilfong said there’s a lot of difference between Fetty and Varga as pitchers that add to that.
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By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]