Girls’ softball ends season

Team looks forward to a successful season next spring

Emily Tifft

As the girls’ softball team finishes its season with a 6-13 record, members were anxious to play their first sections game May 19, according to head coach Al Wachutka.

Wachutka said sections are similar to baseball in that if a team is seeded low, or is paired with a team with a higher skill level, it has to win a game to make it to double elimination. If it loses twice the team is done.

Wachutka said the team did well overall in sections but had some weak spots.

“We won our first game against Southwest in extra innings 5-3 which allowed us to advance into the double elimination tournament,” Wachutka said. “Then we lost to Hopkins, and (on Thursday) we lost to Cooper which eliminated us from the tournament.”

Of the team’s strengths, Wachutka said pitching, individual players and defense stood out.

“Our pitching kept the ball down so it was tougher to hit. Defense was good. It wasn’t great but it was good,” Wachutka said. “Offensively, the only one who did much over the series of games was Mackenzie Evenson who hit well during our first game.”

Junior and varsity player Mackenzie Evenson said the team played well and did everything it worked on in practice, which was a change from years before.

“This year was way better than the last couple of years because we played like we were supposed to and we didn’t shy out,” Evenson said.

The softball season ended May 21 with a loss against Cooper in the team’s last section game.

Evenson said the season was successful and she has high hopes for next season because the team will not be losing many players.

“The season was good toward the beginning and we kind of fell apart at the end but I think we will definitely do better and we can achieve more next year,” Evenson said.

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