A group of eight returning letter winners will lead the Clintonville softball team this year as they enter competition in the Eastern Valley Conference.
The Truckers finished with a 2-14 conference record last year and a 4-19 overall record, but this year’s team looks to have more experience and skill at several positions.
Laura Lukoski, last year’s team MVP, enters her senior season leading the pitching crew. She is joined by junior Megan Wittman, who has two years of varsity experience.
“Lukoski and Wittman will be the heart of the team this year,” said Head Coach Ronessa Lund, who is entering her third year coaching the team. “We are expecting Wittman to become a more dominant pitcher. She’s worked hard in the off season. Lukoski and Sami Huggins will more than likely be our batting average leaders.”
Utility player Huggins, a junior, has two years of experience on varsity and earned Third Team All-Conference honors last year. Fellow junior Samanna Dey, a center fielder, also earned Third Team All-Conference honors last season.
Senior catcher Cassie Blank and senior shortstop Emma Polzin will help lead the team, relying on their four combined years of varsity experience.
Juniors Abby Bessette and Kayla Guyette earned letters last year and are expected to play third base and outfield, respectively.
Freshman Savannah Harbath is expected to earn some varsity playing time this year as she and her teammates look to replace Hannah Sorenson and Emily Rohan, who graduated last spring.
“With losing only two seniors last year, the team will be pretty experienced this year,” said Head Coach Ronessa Lund, who has been coaching the team the past two years. “For the first time in several years, Clintonville will have a JV team which will be great for building this program into a successful one.”
Lund says she expects the Lady Truckers to finish near the middle of a tough Eastern Valley Conference this year. Freedom is expected to win the conference title again this year.