“We’re looking forward to taking the field.” Those words were uttered by Dansville softball coach Gene Jackson as he reflects upon his upcoming season which will get underway the first week in April. Jackson, in his seventh year along with third year assistant Brian Pragle realize the 2011 spring edition of the Lady Mustangs posess something that may not have been present in past seasons. That somewhat intangible factor is depth.

“We’re looking forward to taking the field.” Those words were uttered by Dansville softball coach Gene Jackson as he reflects upon his upcoming season which will get underway the first week in April. Jackson, in his seventh year along with third year assistant Brian Pragle realize the 2011 spring edition of the Lady Mustangs posess something that may not have been present in past seasons. That somewhat intangible factor is depth.


There is good reason for optimism as Gene’s entire pitching staff will return anchored by junior hurler Clarissa Swain and is rounded out with Erica Pragle, senior, who’ll see time both in the circle and at first base. Other seasoned veterans in a strong lineup from top to bottom include Emily Moore, senior, who’ll see infield duty at second base and patrol the outfield as well; Emilea Harrison, senior, will be at shortstop; Tempestt Wilbur will be in the outfield; Taylor Ingram will split time at second and in the outfield, while Danielle Denning will be in centerfield. Hailey Sick, junior, will be behind the plate, and Amanda Irish, sophomore, will be at the hot corner.  The Mustangs welcome top newcomers including  Brie Long, junior, in rightfield and another outfielder in Karleigh Perry.


Coach Jackson added,  “We finished at 8-8 last year with a 14-0 win over Marcus Whitman in the first round, then fell 2-0 in the second round to Sodus while allowing just one hit. The girls are very excited and working hard to be a contender. With more depth that in recent years, we are all looking forward to taking the field.”


Gene’s club will also be taking a Myrtle Beach trip as a new twist this season which will match them up against some early season top-quality opponents. Dansville opens their season on the road in Avon on Monday, April 4, with their initial home game coming two days later when rival Wayland-Cohocton visits Babcock Park on Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30pm.