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Escanaba Softball gearing up for another big year

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The Escanaba softball program enters this season ranked number three in the state and expectations are very high for the Eskymos. 

Escanaba's season ended last year in the state semifinals where they lost to Richmond, the eventual state runner up.  

They've been hard at work inside the Hannahville Ice and Turf Complex preparing for another deep run. 

Jamie Segorski, The Head Coach for Escanaba said, "We're a different team this year. We were really fast last year, but I think this year we added a little bit more power. So, it'll be interesting to see how it goes. We're still going to be solid in the field. Traditionally, Escanaba has always been a solid defensive team with quality pitching. That's not going to change. We're really fortunate to have that. I think with our pitching and defense we can stay in any game. We feel like we're in a pretty good spot. But, we're certainly aware that for us to get to where we want to go, it's going to take a couple good bounces, a little bit of luck, and a lot of great play."

The team has lost a lot of talent from last year's group many of whom have gone on to play collegiate softball. 

But they do have some big time names returning including one of the best pitchers in the state, sophomore Gabbi Salo. They also return an experienced infield.  

"Well this year I think we make up the speed as in power hitters. We have a lot of people that can hit the ball hard. Last year, we had a lot of slappers and lefties that we're speed demons. They were so fast. We don't really have that this year but we make up for that with hitting, i think," said Maddy Griffin, who plays third base for the Eskymos.

 "We have a lot of strengths for this team. We're really fast, we can get on base. When coach needs someone to get something done, he can count on anyone of us. There's not one person that he can go to. We're just doing a lot of hitting. We can never get too many reps. And then a lot of infield. Bunt coverages. Stuff like that," added Savannah Barron, the 1st baseman for Escanaba.   

The Eskymos travel downstate to play Freeland this weekend. A worthy top ten opponent in the state. 
Then they have a huge matchup against #4 Saginaw Swan Valley following that. 

Talk about a tough start to the season.  

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