PADEN CITY - If there's one thing Paden City's softball team won't lack, it's camaraderie.
Like most small-town schools, Paden City's girls' sports programs have many of the same names. A look at the softball roster proves this.
The bulk of the players also competed in volleyball and basketball together. The volleyball team won an OVAC Class A tournament title this past season.
''They look strong and they work well together,'' Wildcats coach Jeanne Fox said.
Will togetherness translate into victories? Fox isn't sure. But she knows it sure helps.
''We want to make it to the OVAC Tournament this year and we believe we can,'' she said. ''The girls want to win and they have the skills and attitude to be able to do so.
''I think our strengths are: our girls are working as a team, upperclassmen are great leaders, we are young and eager to learn and we have four pitchers.
Already with a few games under their belt this season, Fox likes the look of her starting lineup. The group consists of junior Kelsey Loy (P), senior Dominique Craft (C), freshman Amber Neff (SS), freshman Hannah Stanley (2B), senior Amanda Heasley (3B), freshman Graeson Baker (1B), freshman Kayla Hizer (CF), freshman Tori Anderson (LF) and freshman Kayla Barker (RF).
''We are fortunate to have many players that can play multiple positions,'' Fox said. ''We are a very young team with three returning letterwinners.''
The Wildcats finished 9-13 last season.
Fox, a Sistersville native, is assisted by Vance Ash, another Sistersville native.
''What has impressed me the most about the girls are their enthusiasm and positive attitudes,'' Fox said.
PADEN CITY 2012 SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
March 24: Beallsville1:30 p.m.
March 26: Bishop Donahue5 p.m.
March 28: at Hundred5:30 p.m.
March 29: Williamstown5 p.m.
April 4: Tyler Consolidated3 p.m.
April 4: River5 p.m.
April 7: at Frontier2 p.m.
April 9: Cameron5 p.m.
April 11: at River5 p.m.
April 12: at Tyler Consolidated5 p.m.
April 14: at Bridgeport (2)noon
April 16: at Valley5:30 p.m.
April 18: Pkbg. Catholic5 p.m.
April 23: at Beallsville5:30 p.m.
April 24: at St. Marys5:30 p.m.
April 25: Doddridge Co. (2)4:30 p.m.
April 28: Jeff. Co. Christ. (2)noon