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Trotters try to be all that they can be, without the benefit of playable field


March 21, 2019

Softball practice right now is not all that it could be, but it is what it can be.

Reduced to working out indoors or in parking lots or other such snow-free areas, coach Michele Bangen says her Plains-Hot Springs Trotters are still getting the work they need to prepare for the rapidly approaching season.

“We can still break it down and work on our mechanics – pitching, throwing, hitting,” she said. “We are having productive practices, we just can’t work on everything but are doing what we can.”

Armed with an interesting mixture of experienced players and a promising group of youngsters, Bangen and company will look to improve on what was an outstanding season last spring when the Trotters went 17-6 and finished third in the Western B-C divisional tournament.

Seniors Kassidy Kinzie (P-HS’s only returning All-Conference and All-State B-C performer), Natalee Deschamps, Mackenzie Angle and Brooklynn Stafford return to lead the Trotters, and juniors Dakota Butcher, Mackenzie Elliott, Sage Jackson, Sydney Jackson and Kelsey Standeford, sophomore Skylar Bergstrom, and freshmen Genna Deschamps, Madison Elliott, Maddie Madden, Haylee Steinbach and Celsey VonHeeder are the players on the current Trotter roster.

Bangen says defending State B-C champion Florence will once again likely be the team to beat in the west, but figures her Trotters should be right in the hunt when the post-season rolls around later this spring.

“The west side of the state is traditionally tough and Florence looks like they will be good again,” she said. “We are just looking forward to getting back out there and competing and seeing where that takes us.”

Schedule updates will be provided as they are made available but Bangen does not think the Trotters will actually hit the field for a game until the second week in April as of right now. The latest schedule, acquired from the Plains athletic director Tuesday, shows the Trotters playing a doubleheader at Anaconda March 30 but that, of course, is subject to change.

Katie Mitchell returns as Plains-Hot Springs’ assistant coach and Danni Walker is volunteering as an assistant coach this spring as well.


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