Morning practices at 4:45 a.m. have seemed to have a positive, yet tiring effect on the Central softball team in preparation for the 2013 season. Coach George Wares is excited for the fast-approaching opening day on March 8. Wares said that his team may even be more ready this year than they were at this time last year for the 2012 campaign. The Dutch skipper also said that he’s excited to get some veteran players back in the circle for his squad to help lead them to another successful season. Central starts the year ranked 11 in preseason polls for Division III softball, and they’ll open up their schedule with the NFCA Leadoff Classic down in Georgia March 8 – 10.