The Little Hawkeye Conference was one of the tougher softball conferences last year with three teams qualifying for state. With the shortened season forcing a lot of conference play, Pella Christian, who finished sixth in the LHC last year, will face tough competition again.
Leading the way will be a pair of returning first team all-conference selections in seniors Chloe Morgan and Cheyanne Collins.
Morgan led the team in hits with 46 while sporting a .418 batting average and 13 RBIs. Collins was not far behind her with a .393 batting average to go along with leading the team in home runs (four) and RBIs (30). She is also Pella Christian’s most experienced returning pitcher, sporting an 8-15 record last year to go along with a 5.77 ERA and 39 strikeouts against 58 walks in 108 innings.
Other returning starters include seniors Emerson Sarver and Sierra Pleima, junior Anna Bonnett, sophomores Natalie Harrill and Sydney Nunnikhoven and freshman Emri Agre.
Harrill brings some pop back to the lineup after hitting .339 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. Agre, Sarver and Nunnikhoven also hit pretty well a year ago sporting averages of .278, .272 and .276, respectively.
Also returning to the squad will be juniors Bailey Roose and Kate Vos along with sophomores Alexa Dunsbergen, Trinity Vos and Lydia Zylstra.
The five, who combined for 15 at-bats last season, will look for more playing time this year with the Eagles losing two starters. Dunsbergen could also see more time on the rubber with Pella Christian losing their number two pitcher. Last year she pitched almost exclusively in relief, owning a 1-1 record with a 4.42 ERA and nine strikeouts against seven walks in 25 1/3 innings.
“I am super ecstatic that we get to play this year,” Pella Christian head softball coach Karen Harris said. “I know we will need to be extremely flexible with all the rules and regulations that we have to abide by, but when everything is said and done, we get to play. I am so happy!”