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Shanor looking for a better second year

Former Goddard softball player Katie Shanor was announced as the head softball coach on Wednesday. Here is a file photo of a hit she got in a game. (Submitted Photo)

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Goddard softball head coach Katie Shanor is looking to improve on a 6 and 17 season in her first year at the helm. The second-year Goddard alumnus took over the troubled program last year.

“I am one of those that like to see a change right away. It’s a process and I understand it’s going to take some time,” Shanor said.

This is Shanor’s first head coaching job, and after getting her feet wet last year, there is plenty of excitement with this year’s team — a team that is loaded with seniors.

“Our roster is made of sophomores and freshmen, too. We are still in that rebuilding mode. We have a lot of potential and I am encouraged by the chemistry of this team,” Shanor said.

Softball pitchers take their position seriously. The Goddard pitchers hope to improve upon their outings this season.

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“I have two girls who have varsity experience,” Shanor said. “They are: Jordan (Rincon) grew up playing softball. Pitching comes very naturally for her. She is really smart about it. She is mentally strong. She doesn’t let anything rattle her. She keeps herself very calm. Krishawna Casaus worked all last summer on her pitching. Both of them know how important that role is.”

Shanor feels that Goddard has a whole system where Goddard’s defense can anticipate their moves.

“We have a whole system set up where our defense is anticipating what our pitcher is going to throw. They don’t have to guess what side of the diamond a certain ball is going to be hit — they are ready for it,” Shanor said.

Goddard plays at Robertson today at 2 p.m.

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