Throwing It Out There

Spring is upon us this week, which means the baseball and softball seasons are underway.

While most teams still are stuck indoors, we can imagine what the feeling will be like once the players take the field.

In my first year covering the MSL, two particular players have my full attention. Conant senior Austin Wright and Elk Grove sophomore Stephanie Maday are two of the best pitchers in the area, if not the state, and I can’t wait until the first pitch meets the catcher’s mitt.

For all his flaws, Wright remains the most dominant thrower in the league, able to completely control a game. Conant coach Jerry Song said the lefty’s fastball has reached 95 mph. But Wright must learn to locate and mix up his pitches if the Cougars are to make another deep playoff run.

Meanwhile, Maday is back for her second season as the starter. Many followers of the sports contend the Grens can go to State with Maday on the mound.

Of course, there are many other players to follow, but I will make plans to park my fanny whenever these two run out of the dugout.

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