VANDALIA – After 14 years on the softball diamond, Butler senior Kalee Bostick is preparing to hang up her cleats. But she knows it won’t be easy.
“I look forward to every practice and game knowing this is my last season,” Bostick said.
Bostick says it’s the “love of the game” that has kept her playing all these years. Coach Lindsay Shepherd says the third baseman/left fielder brings skills and a positive attitude to the Butler team.
“Kalee is quick on her feet and has a great throw. She is one of our best defensive players. Kalee also brings leadership and energy to the team,” Shepherd said.
Bostick agrees she is supportive of her teammates, especially “when they’re having a rough day.” This season she hopes the girls will “play with passion and make Butler softball great again.”
Top teams the girls will face this year include GWOC foes Northmont and Greenville. Northmont went 8-2 in the GWOC Central, finishing just behind Centerville in 2015. Greenville won the GWOC North last year, going 10-0 in the conference. Butler had a 5-5 conference record and were 10-17 overall.
Bostick knows taking on these top teams will be tough, but she’s confident in the Aviators.
“They have always been solid teams in the past and can hit the ball really well, but I know we can beat them,” Bostick said.
The Aviators face Greenville at home Monday, April 11 and travel to Greenville for a game Tuesday, April 12. Both contests are at 5:00 p.m. The girls will play Northmont at the end of the regular season at home Friday, May 6.