Marr fields a team loaded with youth, but one he knows could be ‘very good’

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published May 11, 2011

 Pitcher Haley Zemmer works during a game earlier this season. Despite not having a single senior on the roster, Athens had already won half as many games as it had all of last season.

Pitcher Haley Zemmer works during a game earlier this season. Despite not having a single senior on the roster, Athens had already won half as many games as it had all of last season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON — It’s a very talented group, Dave Marr knows and will attest to that.

Just how good the Troy Athens softball team could be, well, only time can tell.

For right now, though, the key resides solely on gaining experience and finding ways to improve, albeit on the fly.

“And we’re trying to do that as quickly as possible,” Marr, the Red Hawks’ skipper, said last week prior to a game against Farmington with a laugh. “This is a young group, but the potential and the future is very bright around here.”

In its nine-person starting lineup, Athens fields four freshmen, three sophomores and a pair of juniors. There isn’t a single senior on the roster.

“It’s actually pretty nice,” sophomore center fielder Erica Siismets said. “Everyone’s so close in age. It’s a good mix and a good group. We’re having fun right now.”

The Red Hawks were 6-3 at press time, already half way to last season’s win total.

Marr said the 2011 squad has played “much better” all season. One of the keys, he added, is their overall confidence.

“They’ve expected to compete in every game we’ve been in,” he said. “That’s been their mindset from the start.”

“Chemistry,” junior shortstop Melissa Palmer offered as one of the reasons for success thus far. “A lot of us played together growing up and for the past few years. So we’re all pretty close here.”

Marr said a combination on consistent hitting and solid pitching has allowed his girls to start forgetting about last season’s 12-24 finish.

“This is a group that could be very good,” Marr added. “Once we really learn how to play, and get a little older and gain that experience, the future is very bright around here.”

We’re only going to get better with time,” Siismets said. “We have this year and next year, and some of us with the year after that to play together. It could be a lot of fun.”

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