True fighters

By Coach Karen Johnston

“We just didn’t have enough in us to take the second game. Ladywood outhit us and they hit their spots when pitching. We still put up a fight but it wasn’t enough as we already let too many runs in.
I would like to congratulate the girls on a tremendous season. We finished 25-10 and only won 7 games last year. Also thank the parents and fans for their support. I don’t know if you noticed but we definitely had the most fans then all 3 of the other teams at regionals. 
They grew a lot. I only started 2 seniors and 1 senior played in the flex position a lot. Then I started 3 juniors, 3 sophomores (would have been 4 but we lost one half way through the season to a torn ACL), and 1 freshman in the DP spot. So we are young! I think we got a lot of experience last year and that helped us this year. Our seasons lead the way and the underclassmen followed. A lot of credit goes to our seniors and 4 captains (Bethany Hogg, Jenna Stauch, Kailey Swiss and Samantha Maurer). 
Samantha Hill – Sophomore, Short Stop … Lead off every game for us, finished the season with 70 hits, 45 stolen bases and a batting average of .551. Won team Co-offensive player of the year with S. Maurer. 
Samantha Maurer – Sophomore, catcher … Batted 2nd every game. Finished the season batting .503. In the Trenton game she had the triple that tied the game and her run ended up being the winning run. She had 44 RBI’s. 
Bethany Hogg – Senior, pitcher … Went 18-8 on the season pitching, broke the school record of strike outs with 255. (The record was 240) At the plate batted 3rd and finished with a .498 batting average. Most RBI’s with 45. Ended up having the game winning RBI for the Trenton game. Received the team pitcher of the year and MVP. 
Mikayla Maurer – utility player, freshman… She was hurt half the season with a broken knuckle but her bat came up huge for us in districts and regionals. She finished the season with a .493 batting average. 11 doubles (second most of the team), 26 RBI’s (4th best on the team). 
Emily Mitchell – 2nd base, Junior … Batted .360, 12 doubles (most on the team), 1 triple, 4 homeruns (most on the team). She also was a patient batter with 18 walks.”

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