[caption id="attachment_25430" align="alignnone" width="2069"]<img class="size-full wp-image-25430" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/03\/Elly-Wickline-West-softball.jpg" alt="" width="2069" height="3064" \/> (Photo by Mark Robinson)<br \/>Elly Wickline delivers a pitch during practice Tuesday, Mar. 7.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Brooke Crane, in her third year coaching the Greenbrier West softball team, says she has 18 girls trying out, 12 of them returning from last year. They had a winning season last year, and hope to build on that in 2017.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cThe strength of this team,\u201d says Crane, \u201cis that the girls play like a family. They\u2019ve played together for years, going back to seasons in Little League.\u201d\r\n\r\nTheir first game was March 20 in Fayetteville, and the first home game is the 23rd, against Liberty. \u201cEveryone is excited,\u201d Crane comments, \u201cwe\u2019re ready to have a good season, and work together.\u201d\r\n\r\nAssistant coaches are Terry Montgomery, Tommy Honaker, who works mostly with hitting, and Tony Hinkle, who spends time developing pitchers and catchers. The No. 1 pitcher is Makayla Adkins, No. 2 is Wickline, and No. 3 is Kenley Posten. Katlyn Gray and Reegan Lively will be catching.