The Augusta Lady Orioles softball team could become the “Butler County Bombers” if everything their head coach says comes to fruition.




Augusta softball head coach Ray Aguirre didn’t compare his team to the New York Yankees, but in the way he describes the Lady Orioles, you would think he was talking about a major league baseball squad.


The Augusta Lady Orioles softball team could become the “Butler County Bombers” if everything their head coach says comes to fruition.


Augusta softball head coach Ray Aguirre didn’t compare his team to the New York Yankees, but in the way he describes the Lady Orioles, you would think he was talking about a major league baseball squad.


“We’re solid defensively; and offensively, I’d take this team against anybody,”?Aguirre said. “We’ll score runs offensively because from one to nine in the batting order, there’s not one who can’t hit. We have seven girls who could hit home runs at any time; and in practice, we’ve already had nine girls hit the ball out of the park.”


Considering the Lady Orioles have only four starters returning from a team that finished 19-3 in 2007, you would think it’s more of a rebuilding year for the Lady Orioles, who open the season at 4 p.m. today at the AGSI Complex against Buhler. But that’s not entirely the case according to Aguirre.


“Quite a few of our players did play some varsity last year, but I’m not sure if some of them are prepared for what’s going to happen,” Aguirre said. “We’re really solid up the middle with (all-state catcher)?Kayla Sears and (all-state outfielder)?Kelsee Farmer; and Tanner Reichard at shortstop and Rachael Aguirre at second base.”


One area the Lady Orioles will have question marks will be in pitching. The team lost most of its experience from last year to graduation, but Aguirre feels he has the players who can fill in the spots.


“Senior Karly Visor pitched a few innings lasts year and I’ve worked with her since she was nine years old,”?Aguirre said. “(Sophomore)?Kaitlin Kennedy is going to come in and throw game two, and she has a tremendous upside. If she comes through with what she can be; then we’ll be OK.


“If we just have to keep the ball in play and don’t walk anybody, then we’ll be fine.”