Veteran laden Lady Rams team has new coach

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – New Roy-Hart varsity softball coach Larry Lash is shown here with the Lady Rams veteran players. In front are Taylor Fry, Madi Hiddie, Kayla Brown and Lindsay Yates. In back are Sam Brown, Ashley Bower, Hannah Rausch, Ashleigh Miller and Courtney VanBuren.

Longtime area softball coach Larry Lash takes over the helm at Roy-Hart this season where a veteran laden Lady Rams squad looks to be in the thick of the Niagara-Orleans League title race.

Lash, who guided Wilson for many years, takes over the Roy-Hart helm from Lee Walker.

Junior pitcher Taylor Fry and senior catcher Sam Brown head Roy-Hart’s large veteran contingent which also includes junior shortstop Ashley Bower, junior second baseman Hannah Rausch, senior first baseman Courtney VanBuren and junior third baseman Madi Hiddie along with outfielders junior Lindsay Yates, senior Ashleigh Miller and 8th grader Kayla Brown.

Sam Brown was a first team N-O All-League honoree last year while Fry and Bower were both second team selections.

“It’s a pretty strong group of returnees,” said Lash, who guided Wilson to some eight league and six sectional titles. “And it’s nice to know you have good pitching”, he added noting that Hiddie and Bower are also working in the circle.

“Lee and the folks he worked with really did a great job not only with the varsity but in getting the youth and travel programs built up,” said Lash. “This is really a great softball town. I’ve been very impressed.”

Roy-Hart posted a 10-4 N-O record last year.

Roy-Hart’s N-O Schedule
April: 4 at CSAT, 7 – Medina, 8 – at Wilson, 9 – Akron, 11 – at Newfane, 23 – Albion, 25 – Barker, 28 – Wilson, 30 – CSAT.

May: 2 – at Medina (4:15 p.m.), 7 – at Akron, 9 – Newfane, 12 – at Albion, 14 – at Barker.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of articles that over the next two weeks will preview the high school spring sports teams at Albion, Medina, Barker, Roy-Hart, Holley, Kendall and Lyndonville.