Focused on the future

Vale’s Faith Herrera slips by the tag at home while teammate Gracee Jacobs looks on during a 2016season game. The Vikings will carry lots of potential into the 2017 season according to head coach Kelly Johnson. (Enterprise file photo)

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – During key stretches of the 2016 season, the Vale High School softball team showcased a high-octane offense that could roll over opposing teams.

Rapid explosions of offense coupled with a hustling defense created opportunities for the Vikings that they parleyed into a 19-9 winning record. The success revolved around speed, and the Vikings exhibited that quickness on a routine basis.

“Speed is huge in softball. When you look at the situations where we rolled . . .