2011 Calvin Softball Preview
Monday, March 14, 2011
The 2011 Calvin softball team will look to improve upon a 2010 season that saw the Knights finish 11-24 overall and tied for sixth place in the final MIAA standings with a 6-10 conference mark. Of Calvin’s six league victories, two were against teams near the top of the league standings as the Knights upset third-place Trine and second place Adrian during the conference campaign while losing a narrow 4-3 decision to conference champion Alma. A large part of Calvin’s 2010 success was due to the pitching of Shelby Mast (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS) who fashioned a 10-18 record along with an impressive 2.42 earned run average - en route to receiving All-MIAA second team honors.
Mast is one of eight returning letterwinners including seniors Heather Sanderson (Rockford/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Sass VanRooyen (Beamsville, ON/Smithville District Christian HS), junior Marie Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and sophomores Bekah Kline (Rochester, MI/Oakland Christian HS), Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS), Hannah DeWeerd (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Ashley Oosterink (Wyoming/Calvin Christian HS) and Mast.
Prins led Calvin at the plate last spring, batting .380 with a team-leading 21 RBI’s. VanRooyen was close behind with a .379 batting average last spring while belting a pair of homers and driving in 12 runs along with three stolen bases. She also played solid centerfield, committing just one error in 29 chances. DeWeerd also provided power with a team-leading three home runs while manning leftfield. Kline, Spoelstra and Sanderson all saw time in the outfield last spring as well.
The Knights also welcome six freshmen to the team this spring including pitchers Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) and Danae Miedema (Jenison, MI/Covenant Christian HS) which should provide for more pitching depth for the Knights this spring. A year ago, Mast tossed 184.1 of a possible 215.1 innings.
Calvin will open its season this Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. The Knights will St. Olaf (MN) and Otterbein (OH) in single games on Saturday. While in Arizona, the Knights will play in 10 games and will return home to face Trinity Christian College in a non-conference double-header at at home on March 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Calvin will open its MIAA campaign on April 5, traveling to Kalamazoo College for a twinbill.