Like many prep softball clubs, the Wentzville Holt High School Indians spent their summer practicing and playing ball with select clubs such as the Missouri Fury. which Sarah Adams and Meredith Adam spent their summer months playing for.
Now that summer has ended and the Indians players have been back at fall practice the past 16 days, the players have had to adjust their playing roles as Meredith Adam’s father, Holt coach Joel Adam noted.
“These girls are all in really good shape as they are coming off playing for their various club teams this summer,” Adam said. “They are well ahead of other kids in terms of their conditioning but the big change for them now is where they may have been playing left field in summer ball, they may have to switch to third base or a another position on the field to help us, so there is some combining and bring them together and that brings changes.”
Holt went 26-6 and finished second last season after falling to Lee’s Summit in the Class 4 state title game. The second place showing has fueled the squad with a huge amount of focus on even more success and a return trip to the state Final Four.
“I think that has been the number one key goal for us since practice started,” Adam said. “We wrote down goals the first day of practice and that one to each player is the most important goal to work toward along with winning conference and doing well in districts.”
Holt has eight returning players and Adam feels that the Indians returning core will be a major factor in allowing the club to go on long win streak and avoid losing slides.
“This is a really deep and experienced group and we feel like we will be able compete and be successful game in and game out,” Adam said.
Pitching and solid defense will be strong suits for the Indians as Holt has five pitchers that can be run out to the mound on any game day.
Juniors Sidney Hansen, Lexi Jones, Ce Ce Peine, sophomore Bailey Zemainek, and Meredith Adam will comprise the pitching rotation.
“Our pitching is really going to be strong,” Adam said. “We have five pitchers that we can put out there that give us a good chance to be in most ballgames and win. This year we are not a big hitting team yet so we are gonna hang out hats on our pitching and defense and try to make it work until the bats come around.”
At the plate Holt will look for big things from Adam (.500 batting average with six home runs), Melyk Taouil (.442 batting average with 18 RBI), and Jones (.424 batting average, 13 doubles and 19 RBI.
Getting back to state is the goal but the Indians are not kidding themselves about a return trip being a breeze or a walk in the park this time around.
“It was 27 years before we got to state last year and it was a great run and we’d love to get back there this year but we know there has to be a little bit of luck to that for us too,” Adam said. “We have a lot of talent and we feel we have a good shot but it has to all work for you at the right time.”
Holt opens the season on Monday at 4 p.m. with a first round game at home against St. Charles West in the Holt Tournament.