Wauseon softball looks for improvement under new skipper


By Max Householder - mhouseholder@civitasmedia.com



Wauseon’s Alisa Shelt returns in the circle after making second team All-NWOAL in her freshman season.


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Taylor Benschoter of Wauseon snags a ball in the outfield for an out during a game last season. She returns to the Indian lineup in 2017.


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The Wauseon softball team had a winning record a season ago both overall and in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play. With six letter winners returning from that squad, the Indians have hopes of being even better in 2017.

The Indians finished 11-8 overall in 2016 and 5-3 in league play.

They will be under the direction of first year head coach Jen Croninger this season. She replaces Shelly Borton.

“I am very proud of the work ethic the girls are putting in,” said Croninger. “I have a tremendous, athletic group of girls for my first year as head coach. Many were able to experience some great success at the end of the season last year and that hunger is coming through in our workouts. I truly believe these girls will make the 2017 season special for everyone.”

Back for the Indians are Alisa Shelt (second team All-NWOAL), Ally Tefft (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Reagan Spadafore (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Maddy Martinez, Taylor Benschoter and Christina Norman.

“Very talented young group of players with strong depth at all positions, team speed on offense as well as defense,” said Croninger of her team’s strengths.

She cites Shelt’s presence in the circle as a strength, and says that two freshmen will also help the team’s pitching depth.

Promising newcomers are Bralynn Blanton, Harlee Floss, Kyrin Grime, Madison Henry and Juli Spadafore.

Their main voids will be the loss of Oliviah Banister who was first team all-league a season ago, and Hayley Chamberlain and Erin Douglass who were each honorable mention.

“With our team being fairly young and (having) a first year coach, communication and growth between everyone will be an essential key,” stated Croninger.

She feels her squad can compete for the league crown, but knows it will be an uphill battle.

“As always our NWOAL league will provide a great share of challenges for sure,” said the new coach. “No matter what another team’s record may be, everyone in the NWOAL always seems to bring their best games on league game days. We feel we have as good of a chance as anyone to win (the) league, but it will be very competitive.”

Wauseon’s Alisa Shelt returns in the circle after making second team All-NWOAL in her freshman season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/03/web1_Shelt-in-circle.jpgWauseon’s Alisa Shelt returns in the circle after making second team All-NWOAL in her freshman season. File Photo

Taylor Benschoter of Wauseon snags a ball in the outfield for an out during a game last season. She returns to the Indian lineup in 2017.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/03/web1_Benschoter-makes-catch.jpgTaylor Benschoter of Wauseon snags a ball in the outfield for an out during a game last season. She returns to the Indian lineup in 2017. File Photo

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@civitasmedia.com

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010