Roseville softball ready to roll

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 26, 2019

 Roseville High’s Madison Milot winds up to throw a pitch during a March 21 practice. The Panthers went 2-8 in MAC Gold play last season.

Roseville High’s Madison Milot winds up to throw a pitch during a March 21 practice. The Panthers went 2-8 in MAC Gold play last season.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ROSEVILLE –– New year, new coach, new team. 

After having a 2-8 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division record one season ago, the Roseville High softball team is entering this year with a fresh outlook and loftier goals. 

The Panthers met before the season and set team and individual goals, while also setting up a plan to help build the program over the next few seasons. 

First-year coach Sean LaForge is optimistic about his team this season, and he said the goal for his group is to have a winning record. Roseville hasn’t had a winning record since 2015. 

The girls on the team are excited about getting the season started, and they share the same optimism as their coach. 

“I’d like to have a better record than last year, and I think the program is definitely looking up compared to previous years. With coach LaForge, I think he brings a fresh perspective to Roseville athletics, and I think that we’ll do pretty good this season,” freshman catcher Jacqueline Brun said. 

The Panthers have a nice mix of younger players and veteran leadership. The squad features five seniors, one junior, four sophomores and a freshman. 

A few players LaForge has seen step up are senior Natalie Terry-Martin (shortstop), Brun and sophomore Madison Milot (pitcher). As the season has started to heat up, he’s also seen others start to follow in their footsteps and take on bigger leadership roles. 

As leaders, they’ve really been trying to encourage the younger players, to make sure they are motivated and ready to work each day. 

“I think there’s a new spirit within everyone, and I think that it helps that a lot of our younger girls are playing travel and summer league,” Terry-Martin said. 

Outside of this year, the Panthers are optimistic about the future of the program. With key younger players, LaForge is looking to see his team grow and develop over the next couple of seasons.

In that meeting before the season, LaForge and the team talked about goals for the next couple of years and set expectations to meet all of them.

As LaForge thinks about his team and the potential it has, he has goals of winning a conference title and bringing home a district championship trophy in the next few seasons. 

“I want Roseville to be a team to beat in the future. We set our goal; there’s certain teams we want to beat. We want other teams setting those goals about us,” LaForge said. “We don’t want to always be just an easy team to beat. We want to actually make a name for ourselves.”

The Panthers open the season at 4 p.m. March 27 at Warren Fitzgerald. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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