After a historic 2014 season, West Platte suddenly finds itself in a unique situation.
The Bluejays have a new coach and experienced roster, but they went from the cusp of the Class 2 playoffs two years ago to winless last season. Bailee Giger, a former standout player at North Platte, took over late in the summer after Angelica Maxwell made a job switch in the weeks before the start of practice.
West Platte went 0-21 last season while struggling to find a consistent presence on the mound.
“I have been nothing but impressed by the girls positive attitudes and work ethic so far,” said Giger, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant on West Platte’s staff. “They understand it is not going to be easy to turn the program around, but are willing to put in the work to make it happen.”
However, the Bluejays have junior Rachel Heili, an All-KCI Conference performer last year at first base, and utility sophomore Lea Moose back hoping to show instant improvement. Giger also expects freshman Karah Dunham to help with the pitching, while sophomore Taylor McNair could also be on the mound in addition to infield duties.
West Platte did lose leadoff hitter and speedy outfielder Logan Eagen in addition to catcher and top hitter Taylor Binkley.