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VISD Softball Preview

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VISD softball season starts Tuesday night. East finished in fifth place in district play last year. Head coach Melissa Buck has six varsity players back from 2017, all of them starters, with two of them making the All-District team a year ago. Coach Buck told me how good her team looks in the pre-season workouts and scrimmages. "We have some little inconsistencies hitting-wise right now. We've looked a little better defensively than I expected. Normally early on that's a little shaky for us but defensively we've been pretty solid."  
John White begins his first full season as West softball head coach. After he took over as interim coach late last season, the Warriors finished in sixth place in district. Four varsity players are back from that year, with three starters returning, including first team All-District center fielder Courtney Marthiljohni. I asked coach White about the lack of experienced players back from 2017. "It's been good for us. We've been able to focus on the fundamentals, start with a fresh foundation and some new faces. It's really been a good thing for us this year."  At 6:30 Tuesday night, West softball opens the season at Orange Grove, while East softball starts the season at Calallen.

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