Lady Astros coming of age
Whether Shepard is sporting a roster full of seasoned veterans or growing underclassmen, coach Kelsey Clifford prefers to have her team stay active.
The Lady Astros had plenty of opportunities to play during a week marked by relatively pleasant weather and came away with a 4-2 record. The losses came by just one and three runs.
Shepard started the week by coming up just short of Lemont, 6-5, in a South Suburban Conference crossover game. However, the Lady Astros bounced back with a 5-2 SSC Red win over Oak Lawn on Tuesday and a conference crossover victory over Bremen on Thursday.
After battling Oak Forest hard in a 10-7 crossover loss on Friday, Shepard (5-3) swept a doubleheader from Wheaton Academy, 10-2 and 19-7, one day later.
“Our schedule has been so flipped around, trying to get games in,” Clifford said. “Saturday’s contests were games that we picked up because [other] games were bumped. We asked our athletic director to try to get us some games.
“My coaching philosophy is I’d rather we play games to see our flexibility early on in the season and to see what we can do. We’ve only played eight games so far, so this is still a young season.”
And not only is it a young season, but Clifford also said the Lady Astros are a young team after six seniors from 2013 graduated. Five of those departed athletes are playing college softball this season.