Evergreen softball has some experience back to help them contend for a Northwest Ohio Athletic League title this season. They are hoping to improve upon last year’s 10-11 record.
“Even though we are a young team, we will be competitive in every game,” said third year coach Todd Momany. “As the season progresses we will improve. They are a hardworking group and I believe that we will surprise some people.”
Returning letter winners for the Vikings are Jamie VanLoocke (second team All-NWOAL), Grace Bryson, Mikayla Ball, Megan Simon, Kelsie Komisarek, Andrea Smithmyer, Katie Rice and Kelly Condon.
They bring back some tough hitters to their lineup, highlighted by VanLoocke who held a .455 batting average in 2016. Smithmyer held a .371 batting average, Ball hit .354, Bryson .292 and Simon .280.
Their strengths include solid defense and team speed according to Momany. However, they are a very young team, are void of experience at the top of the lineup, and have a lack of power hitting.
The Vikings will be replacing departed letter winners Eden Eisel (first team all-league), Becca Jankowiak (second team all-league), Rachel Noe (honorable mention all-league), Brittney Werner (honorable mention all-league) and Olivia Wysong.
Newcomers to the team are Courtney Couts, Myra Kuszmaul, Bailey Monahan, Tori Fuller, Hannah Pennington, Bobbi Machnicki, Sarah Myers and Heidi Fritsch.
Momany likes the Vikes to finish as one of the league’s best.
“The NWOAL is going to be very competitive this year,” he said. “I believe that we will finish in the top half of the league.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010