At the beginning of the season, Coach Rob Thompson clearly defined the goals for the team; a .294 batting average, .375 OBP, .925 fielding percentage. Not to mention, winning four games in the NAC and 16 overall.
How did the Crusaders fare?
As a team, Maranatha exceeded their fielding percentage (.964) and came very close in batting average (.294).
The team also posted a .347 OBP and registered two NAC wins, and seven overall. The team improved in all categories except last year’s OBP (.367).
In their two NAC victories, the Crusaders proved their ability to play at a higher level, winning 5-1 against Wisconsin Lutheran and 3-1 versus Edgewood. The team also pushed Edgewood to seven innings, in a 13-10 loss.
Individually, Autumn Peotter made the Second Team All-NAC squad while leading the conference in stolen bases (37).
Peotter led the team in multiple categories, including batting average (.376), home runs (4), and RBI’s (20).
A year removed from softball, junior catcher Sadie Joutras (Crest Hill, Ill.) gave Maranatha a steady bat (.375 avg.) and big arm behind the plate.
Another returning player, Kristin Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.), who sat out last year, suffered a season-ending injury. Morrison started at second base and was a key contributor until dislocating her shoulder.
Despite lack of depth and Morrison’s injury, the softball team can take encouragement in a much improved and athletic team in comparison to 2011.
The marked improvements give Coach Thompson new goals to establish that realistically can translate into more wins.