Despite their season being cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the Pendleton County Ladycats fastpitch softball team have returned to the playing field for their respective summer squads throughout the country.
Raegan Carlisle has enjoyed a good start as a member if the 16U Southern Force club while in Mississippi. She batted .500 while leading her team to a 4-0-1 record at the Germantown Showcase. For Carlisle, the opportunity of getting back on the field and doing what she loves has been rewarding but also a little bit different.
“Missing my school season was awful, but being back on the field was a great feeling and I would say I’m more grateful just for the chance to be playing. Now with NCAA restrictions, college coaches are all watching via live stream. So we’re all adjusting to what this means for our chances to play at the next level, even coaches,” Carlisle said.
Pitching standout Kayley Bruener has also seen early success with her team, Southern Force 05-Hewitt. She’s posted a perfect 5-0 record with two no-hitters while also batting .429 at the plate as her team has gone 8-5.
“It feels great to play the sport that I love again, and I am very fortunate to be able to go out and play with my travel ball team. Missing out on high school ball made me realize that it could be taken away instantly and I should never take the game for granted,” Bruener explained.
Kylie Richardson is competing with So-Cal Athletics and will be traveling around Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana throughout the summer. She’s seen playing time at four positions and helped the team finish runner-up at the USSSA Tri-State Slugfest. Her versatility has made her one of the most valuable players on the team.
Madison Verst is playing for the NKY Bandits 07 Premier team and recently finished runner-up at the Mid-America Ballyard Slugfest.