Senior Kimberly Dent, (above) will be a key returner for the Hawkeyes this year.
By Eric Peterson
This year, Hamilton’s Girls Varsity softball has a tough conference in the OK Green, but Coach Brian Morrison believes that they can be competitive with this year’s team. He believes in the leadership he has tried to set up with the team, and he thinks that they can be successful if they work hard enough.
This year’s team has some new faces along with seven returning starters, three of which are seniors. Some of those returners became big leaders on the team this off season by meeting with Coach Morrison one day a week for ten weeks. He believes this helps them with their leadership, their abilities, and it raises the expectations he has on them as players.
Last year Hamilton’s record was 14-13, and the girls are confident they can improve from last year’s .519 season. Coach Morrison is excited to see how one of his sophomores, Meridith Klenk can step into her new pitching role this year. Last year she was in the outfield, but due to the losses from last years seniors graduating, Coach Morrison needs new pitchers, and he believes she can fill that role well.
This year’s conference will be a challenge, mainly because of powerhouse Zeeland West. Other impressive teams in the conference include Unity Christian and Byron Center. Coach Morrison is excited to see how these players step up and fill the roles that they need to and maybe bring this team towards the top of the conference.