MOUNT VERNON — “It’s mind-boggling.”
That is the only way that Mount Vernon’s Mike Marcum can describe being 38-0. As coach of the Ohio Stingrays softball team, Marcum is seldom at a loss for words about his undefeated 12-under girls. This is a team with the perfect chemistry and the right blend of talent. That’s what every coach would like to have — in any sport.
“It’s just like high school softball on steroids,” said Marcum. “It’s an all-star travel team. They are the best of the best. They are very gifted, talented young ladies.”
The Stingrays started in 1984, and are the oldest girls Junior Olympic fast-pitch organization in Ohio. The team practices in Danville, but the roster features girls from all over the state. Three players on the roster hold true to the team’s Knox County roots; Kaitlynn Briggs and Taylor Duncan are from Danville, while Marcum’s daughter, Macee, is from Mount Vernon.
“They have played well beyond what I expected them to do,” said Marcum, who also coaches the Mount Vernon High School softball team. “I’ve never seen anything like this. They bonded. The level of talent that we have was always there. I think that the maturity and the level of play has been there. It’s the bond this team has. There’s no superstars on the team. Everybody goes out and does their job and nobody thinks they’re better than anyone else. They just go get it done.”
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