The young Pella Dutch will have to replace four of their top five hitters and their top pitcher from last year’s 13-19 team. The team will lean on their pair of seniors and hope their younger players develop as the season progresses.
Maddie Parks’ graduation leaves a huge hole in the line up but senior Ally Almond will try to fill that hole after hitting .232 and finishing tied for second on the team with 15 RBIs. She is also the likely number one pitcher after going 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 16 strikeouts against 13 walks in 22 1/3 innings.
Her fellow senior Courtney Thompson is Pella’s best returning bat. She hit .274 in 2019 with 10 RBIs and drew a team-best 15 walks.
Also returning for Pella will be sophomores Brynnlin Kroymann, Tori Van Vark and Ella Corbin along with freshmen Kylie Tauke, Hailey Van Vark and Taylor Tousey.
Kroymann is one to watch this year as she looks to improve on her .198 batting average last year. Despite that average, she led the team with 19 RBIs as a freshman. A bump in that average could mean a big run-producing season for Kroymann.
Pella was just 5-16 in conference play last year. Their schedule during this shortened season will be a tough one with just five home dates. They will also go through a run of 11 of 12 games on the road during the middle of their season.
This season will be a good opportunity for the younger players to learn from the seniors and get a chance to improve and develop over the course of the year.