Viking softball hopes to repeat the success of last spring this season

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Anesha Hersey is back for another season of softball for the Caribou Vikings. She was a second team All-PVC selection last spring.

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By Jon Gulliver
Staff Writer

CARIBOU — The Caribou Vikings are hoping to repeat the success of last spring, as they entered the playoffs as the eighth seed and made it all the way to the Eastern Maine Class B softball final, a 2-1 loss to Bucksport.

Coach Ryan Deprey said he has seven players back from last year’s 9-7 squad, who turned up their play in the post season.

Two big keys back for the Vikings this spring are senior pitcher Emily Staples, second team All-PVC last year, and junior catcher Kristin Plante.

“Emily throws with great velocity and movement on her pitches,” said Deprey, entering his 11th year as coach. “And without Kristin behind the plate we would have to limit Emily.”

Senior Jamie Martin, who was first team All-PVC last spring, is back in the outfield and second team All-PVC players Jordyn Doucette (third base) and Anesha Hersey (shortstop) are back to man the left side of the infield. Both are juniors.

The projected lineup is Hersey leading off, Martin batting second, Doucette hits third, junior first basemen Rebecca McDougal will bat clean-up, Staples hits fifth, Plante sixth, junior right fielder Victoria Bouchard is slated to hit seventh, junior Kelsie Espling (second base) bats eighth and there is a battle for the ninth spot and left field. Junior Courtney Burbe and sophomore Delaney Williams are in the mix for that slot.

Also on the roster are infielders Nicole McHatten and Amber Peterson.

Deprey is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season.

“I’ve got a good group of veteran players coming back from a very successful run,” he said. “Whether it is playing small ball, or letting the girls take their rips, I just hope that whatever the game plan is, it’s successful.”

“This season is going to be just as tough as in the past,” he added. We have three very tough double headers on the road — at Hermon, Old Town and opening up with Ellsworth. We will be hosting John Bapst, who is always competitive and well coached, as well as hosting Foxcroft Academy, who makes the jump up to class B this season. As for the county teams, Fort Kent has picked up a new coach and always plays us tough, Houlton was young last year but always shows up ready to play, and of course the Caribou versus Presque Isle rivalry is always unpredictable.”

Caribou travels to Ellsworth this Saturday for the opening double-header. First pitch is at noon. The Vikings play their first home game on Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. against Fort Kent.