Crestwood softball team aims to continue success on diamond
Wed, 05/30/2018 - 12:59pm admin
Nate Troy firstname.lastname@example.org
CRESCO - After coming within one win of advancing to State in 2017, the Crestwood varsity softball team is hoping to build on last year’s success as the Cadets take the field in 2018.
During the 2017 season, Crestwood tallied an impressive 24-9 overall mark (15-3 NEIC second place). The Cadets advanced to the Class 3A Substate Final before losing to Center Point-Urbana, 5-6. The team graduated three seniors from the 2017 team including: Lauren Reicks, Kelsey Burnikel and Megan Ryan.
The 2018 Cadet squad will have experience on its side with more than half of the roster featuring upperclassmen. The seniors include: Kayla Lentz, Shannon Pisney, Taylar Pecinovsky, Madison Steffen, Kaylee Thomas.
Juniors on the team include: Kim Hauber, Annie Mast, Hallie Frohn, Trista Foster, Ashley Voves, Kennedy Gaul and Kristen Reicks. Sophomores include: Kailyn Erickson and Laken Lienhard.
Pisney and Lienhard were both named First Team All-NEIC in 2017. Lienhard led the team in the pitching circle and in the batter’s box. She posted a 16-4 pitching record, had an earned run average of 1.52, walked only 12 batters and struck out 114. At the plate, she led the team in batting average (.579), home runs (14) and runs batted in (46).
Pisney tallied a .464 batting average, scored 40 runs, had 45 hits and had 40 RBI.
“We will have some key kids back from last season, such as Laken Lienhard and Shannon Pisney,” Head Coach Doug Sickles said. “Having them back should spark our team. Over time, I think we’ll have some depth that will help us.
“Laken will be our number one pitcher, but Kaylee Thomas will also pitch well for us. Catching for us will be Kristen Reicks and Kennedy Gaul.
“Right now, the season is kind of up in the air. With the girls’ teams competing in track and golf, not all the kids are back yet (for the softball team). The first two weeks of the season, we will rotate a lot of people in and out. This team might take a little while to develop its identity. We still have some positions to fill. As the season goes on, I think our team has the potential to be a really strong team.
“We’ll have a good core group of seniors, and I like how hard the girls have been working in practice. We want to start playing and see how we can compete,” Sickles said.