GREENFIELD — Even with an especially young lineup, coach Jason Stewart expected this season’s Greenfield-Central softball team to win at least 18 games, the same number as last year’s squad.
What the ninth-year coach didn’t forecast – with 27 freshmen and sophomores and no seniors on the 29-player roster – was a dominant 8-1 start.
The Cougars swept Beech Grove 5-3 and 16-3 in a doubleheader Friday to continue their torrid opening pace to 2014.
In eight victories, the inexperienced varsity group has plated 94 runs.
“We’ve played above what I expected,” Stewart said. “You didn’t really have a clue with this many young kids.
“The biggest thing has been kids that are hitting the ball that we wouldn’t have dreamed of. You’ve got the kids that you expect to do big things, but we’ve got four others that have really surprised us.”
Two of the Cougars’ four surprises, according to Stewart, are sophomores Erika Knapp and Katey Addison, and each played a role in G-C’s Game 1 win over the visiting Hornets (0-6).
With the Cougars trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Codey Miller and Knapp led off with back-to-back singles. With one out, Addison delivered both base runners with a single to tie give G-C a 3-2 lead.