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Barker alum takes Lady Raiders helm

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 March 2018 at 8:37 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – New Barker varsity softball Coach Aileen Hinton meets here with veteran senior members of the Lady Raiders squad. In front are Morgan Szczepaniak and Alexis Stratton. In back are Kira Wheat, Abby Harris and Kylie Miller.

With Barker alum Aileen Hinton taking over the coaching helm, the Lady Raiders are prepping for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League softball season led by a group of five veteran seniors.

That quintet includes Kylie Miller (catcher), Abby Harris (outfield), Kira Wheat (infield), Alexis Stratton (infield) and Morgan Szczepaniak (pitcher/infield).

Miller earned first team N-O All-League honors last year while Stratton was an Honorable Mention selection.

The Lady Raiders roster also includes freshmen Jessalynn Coen (pitcher) and Sydnie Luckman (shortstop), sophomores Emily Wagner (pitcher/infield), Ella Fox (second base/catcher), Kylie Annable (infield) and junior Holly Wasnock (outfield).

“They’re young but I think we’ve got some strong hitters and we have a lot of pitching,” said Hinton.

Looking to improve on last year’s 1-11 N-O record, the Lady Raiders are scheduled to begin league competition at home against Roy-Hart on April 9.

April: 9 – Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 10 – at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 11 – at Albion, 4:45 p.m.;12 – at CCA, 4:30 p.m.; 13 – Medina, 4:45 p.m.; 17 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 21 – at Alexander Tournament, 10 a.m.; 23 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 25 – at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 27 – Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 28 – at Kendall, 11 a.m.; 30 – at Medina ,4:45 p.m.
May: 1 – at Elba, 4:30 p.m.; 2 – CCA, 4:45 p.m.; 3 – at Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 7 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 8 – Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 9 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 10 – at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.;