South Carroll seven-year coach Debbie Barnes said there wasn't one time last season when the Cavaliers played a complete game.
The result was a frustrating 0-18 season. All she's asking for this season is some consistency and with it should come wins.
"We were in a lot of games last year, but never played a complete game," Barnes said.
"We'd play four or five strong innings only to see it all erased by making some bad mistakes in one costly inning."
Barnes believes the year's worth of experience along with an injection of younger players up from last year's "B" squad could help turn things around.
"The attitude's been great; they're just waiting for the sun to shine so we can get out there and play," Barnes said.
"We've had some fairly productive practices inside, but I haven't seen what they can do in actual game situations. The girls are anxious to get started."
Junior Nicole Carter once again will handle most of the pitching duties for the Cavaliers. Barnes said last year's experience will help her, and a key will be finding support behind her defensively.
"Nicole pitched very well for us most of the time last year and looks stronger this year," Barnes said.
"We just didn't have a solid infield behind her and we have some players up from the "B" team who can hopefully fill some holes."
Senior Melissa Moore is the top offensive threat returning and likely will play shortstop or catcher. Moore batted in the .350 range last season and drove in a team-leading 31 runs. Barnes said she's the type of player she can use anywhere. Another strong bat returning is senior infielder Tammy Koon.
A handful of first-year varsity players are expected to come in and contribute from the start. Barnes is high on junior infielders Andrea Snyder, Amy Thompson and Melanie Zahn. She has yet to determine where she will use everyone. Returning infielders are seniors Shannon Wilder and Jamie Mercier.
Another junior newcomer in the fold is catcher Becky Smith. If she can produce at the varsity level, that would enable Barnes to use Moore primarily at short.
"We're just going to have to get some consistent pitching and use our heads on defense," Barnes said.
"We don't have one single power hitter on the team so we're going to have to work for some runs."
"We're a stronger team than last year. We're counting on some new faces to fill some of the positions, but I also think our experience and speed will help out. I'd be very, very pleased with a .500 season," Barnes said.