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With just 10 players, the Colton softball team will need strong pitching, adaptability to overcome tough opposition

Despite graduating a quartet of strong seniors, Colton softball expects to finish near the top of the 2A/1A Special District 2 by the time the regular season ends.

There will be plenty of competition in that district for the Vikings, though, as 10 other teams will be vying for district gold. And with only 10 players on the squad this season, Colton will have to be ready to adapt to any situation.

The team will be led by two all-league players in senior shortstop Hailee Hordichok and senior catcher Cassidi Cohoon.

PMG FILE PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Coltons Hailee Hordichok returns for her senior year to compete against the best of the 2A/1A Special District 2.

Colton head coach Jim Brochis expects both Hordichok and Cohoon to at some point make the transition to pitchers to replace last years graduated seniors. Hordichok and Cohoon will be joined by fellow seniors Mikey Spalinger and Paige Pierce at center field and second base, respectively.

Brochis expects to be battling against Kennedy for the district title. Despite having down years in volleyball and girls basketball, the Trojans have traditionally been the foil for most teams in the 2A/1A Special District they inhabit for softball. Kennedy finished last season with a perfect 16-0 record. The Vikings will have to be at their best to stake their claim for a top three spot.

Colton's first game is scheduled for Monday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. The team travels to face 3A Scio in the first of four non-league games to start the season.

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