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Offense Looks to Carry the Day in Ellis' First Year as Softball Head Coach

March 07, 2013

Whatever question marks may arise in Year One of Glen Ellis' head coaching year, the Archers' skipper is confident of one thing: the Archers will score enough runs to stay in every game.

The Archers return sophomore infielder Tory Ellis-Coach Ellis' daughter-who established a school record with 12 home runs in her freshman season.

STLCC also welcomes sophomore Katie McCallister, a transfer from Southeast Missouri State University, who will play third base and bat in the middle of the order. Adding lineup depth are a host of talented freshmen looking to establish themselves at the collegiate level. Though largely unproven at this level aside from a couple notable exceptions, Ellis is confident this group is not only talented, but deep offensively.

"One through seven, we should be pretty strong in the hitting department," Ellis said. "Our pitching should also be good enough to keep us in every game."

In the circle, the Archers will be led by freshmen Nicole Willie (Oakville) and Katie Harper (Kirkwood). Freshman Megan Buechel will serve as the Archers' starting catcher this spring, after recovering from a lingering shoulder injury that plagued her throughout the offseason.

The Archers outfield will be anchored by freshman Emilie Arl (Hillsboro) in center field. Arl will be flanked by freshman Maggie Wright (Lindbergh) in left field, and a combination of sophomore Taylor Green (Waterloo, Ill.) and freshman Erica Morgan (Pattonville) in right.

Coach Ellis and the Archers will open their 2013 schedule this weekend, when they travel to Pensacola, Florida. The team had its first four games canceled this week due to inclement weather. With a young team, and much of the competition having a week or more of games under their belt, Ellis envisions this weekend as a significant challenge.

"Coming off of the fall season, I've only got two returning sophomores, and three starting sophomores," Ellis said. We have all these freshman who basically, I'm still learning about. We were kind of devastated to not get one or two games in before (this weekend), but what I told the girls was, we're going right into playing good teams, and we can't get frustrated. If we get frustrated, it's tougher to bounce back."

When the Archers do return to St. Louis, they'll open their home schedule March 16 against Des Moines Area Community College. Game time for the home opener is noon.