Special Olympics softball team starts up

| July 17, 2018

COSHOCTON – Lindsey Ashcraft is looking forward to learning more about playing second base.

“I’ve played softball before and I want to learn to play second base better because it’s my favorite,” she said. “I enjoy playing softball because its fun and I get to meet new people.”

Ashcraft is one of 22 Special Olympics athletes who are playing on Coshocton’s new softball team.

“We had a team a few years back and everyone really wanted to bring it back so we thought we would try again,” said Javanna Ramsey.

She is coaching the team along with the help of Kisha McCurdy and Staci Berry.

“We’ve only had three or four practices, but they have so much enthusiasm,” Ramsey said.

They are working hard and focusing on playing together as a team.

“We want them to have good sportsmanship,” Berry said.

Jacob LaVigne hasn’t played softball before, but he’s enjoying the experience.

“It’s getting me back into running,” he said. “I’m loving it. Hopefully I get to play third base.”

Hannah Brown has played softball before and likes being back on the field.

“I get to interact with people and be active,” she said.

Brown is hoping to play in the outfield.

“I think we are going to do pretty good,” she said.

Jimmy Girard is a veteran member of the team.

“I played for 25 years,” he said. “I like the challenge and being around people.”


The team’s schedule has not been posted yet, but they will play their home games at Lake Park. Check the Coshocton County Special Olympics Facebook page for more information.

“I want them to have fun,” Ramsey said. “I may not be the best softball player, but we can still have fun.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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