Mustangs Softball season opens Wednesday

Scott Alexander

The Penn Yan softball team begins its season this week with a home matchup against Williamson on Wednesday. First-year head coach Melissa Armsden will be guiding the Mustangs this year.

Junior pitcher Kayla Andersen, who has been pitching since fourth grade, is optimistic about the team’s chances of having a solid season and making some waves in sectional play.

“I think that we definitely have some room to grow,” she said. “We definitely have a lot of potential and can go pretty far this year. If we strive for winning at least one sectional game then we’ll go from there.”

Freshmen Elle Harrison (SS/CF) and Kiana Larham (SS/CF) are hoping to make an impression on the team despite their inexperience at the varsity level. Harrison noted that varsity is a whole new ballgame compared to playing on the modified team.

“It’s different than what I’m used to,” she said. “All the girls make it easy to fit in. I want to be as mentally into the game as I can be to be the best I can and always know what to do.”

Larham is aiming high this year, listing a championship as one of her goals.

“One goal is a sectional title,” she said. We’re practicing the stuff we need to work on to get that goal. We just work hard and we know what we want now. We’re tired of losing.

The weather should cooperate, with a forecast for 53 degrees and partly sunny. Penn Yan fans should get a glimpse of what the season will hold.