The Solanco softball team is taking a slightly different approach this season.
Typically, coach Brett Miller is able to lock into a set lineup with outstanding results.
This season, in part because of some injuries but mostly due to a versatile group of players, the Mules should be more flexible.
Solanco lost five starters and a total of nine seniors from last year's section runnerup squad that went 16-6 and placed fourth in the district tournament.
As usual, the Solanco baseball team expects to place itself in the playoff hunt.
Pitching depth will be key to the Mules' chances.
Ace pitcher Zack Leonard and number two starter Darren Rutledge both graduated, leaving big holes to fill.
"We lost a lot of innings," coach Tom Fish said.
Solanco is turning to senior Kenny Walton to lead the staff. Walton saw some action on varsity last season.
"We're really, really expecting a strong season from Kenny," Fish said.
"He's anxious and prepared to fill the role of a number one starter."
Fish said Walton looked sharp last Thursday, the first time he had the opportunity to throw against hitters.
It should be an exciting season for the Solanco track and field teams.
Coach Ivan Haines is hopeful the boys team will improve on last year's 4-3 record in section meets.
Juniors Troy Miller (known as Troy Berry last year) and Billy Cooney will be among the athletes leading the Mules.
Miller finished third in the state in the high jump last spring. He will be a factor in all three jumps and can help in the sprints.
Cooney qualified for districts in the hurdles.
Robbie Hassel, Cody Riley, Prosper Equaouwa and Josh Bailey will lead the sprinters.