Perry-Lecompton opened its season on Tuesday, losing twice to Jefferson West. The Kaws lost the first game, 11-1 and the second game 9-8.
"I'll think we'll be pretty good," said P-L coach John Byrn, a former Kansas University baseball player who currently teaches at South Junior High. "We have several people with experience who are constantly learning."
The Kaws' top returners are junior catcher Jake Worthington, senior left fielder Phil Harvey and senior outfielder Jeremy Cooper.
Worthington, Paul Sage, Garrett Carver and John Quinlan are the Kaws' pitchers.
Byrn is in his second year as the P-L head coach after being an assistant in 1994.
Two of the Kaws' best players from a year ago -- Luke Fergus and Andy Myer -- are sidelined with injuries. Fergus is expected to miss the entire season and Myer is out for a month, Byrn said.
P-L finished 1-13 last year, winning its first game and losing the rest.
"We competed," Byrn said. "We just couldn't finish."
The Kaws play host to DeSoto in a doubleheader today.
Perry-Lecompton opens today with a doubleheader against DeSoto at the Johnson County complex.
The Kaws will depend on sophomore Erin Erickson to carry most the load on the mound.
"She's a hard worker, throws different pitches and is pretty accurate," P-L coach Jill Bradney said. "She's a good all-around athlete. I think softball is her first love which doesn't upset me at all."
Bradney returns eight starters, including the designated hitter. The team has no seniors. Five of the returning starters are sophomores.
Junior center fielder Michelle Henderson is back.
"She's a good hitter with excellent speed and a good arm," Bradney said.
This is the third season for softball at P-L -- the first for a junior varsity program.
The Kaws have come up a run short of advancing to state in each of the past two years.
Perry-Lecompton has 23 girls out for track, including just four seniors. The rest are either sophomores or freshmen.
The Kaws placed second at the Silver Lake meet on Monday to open the season.
Senior Suzanne Strunk (triple jump, high hurdles), sophomore Jessica Childers (javelin) and freshman Heidi Yost (long jump) were individual winners for the Kaws at Silver Lake.
The P-L boys also placed second at Silver Lake. William Kellnhofer (200), Wade Cottrell (300 hurdles), Eddie Teets (shot put), Jared Maness (high jump) and David Karten (long jump and triple jump) were individual winners for the Kaws.
Senior Ryan Essman headlines Perry-Lecompton's boys golf team.
"We're still kind of young," said P-L coach Floyd Morgison, whose team competes today at Wamego.
The Kaws' top golfer last year, junior Shannon Gowing, was killed in a car accident last December.