WCA softball positioned to make improvement
After losing none of its letter winners from last season, the West Central Area softball team is hoping to build on the improvements it made in 2013.
The Knights finished with a 9-11 record last season and played well enough to host a home section playoff game for the first time in six years.
“I am looking forward to a good season for the Knights,” head coach Bryan Poyzer said. “We have experience and some maturity that should help us come playoffs.”
WCA has two returning all-conference players in junior pitcher Doranna Blascyk and senior catcher Amber Oberg. Senior shortstop Lauryn McLaughlin and senior first baseman Amy Benson were also named all-conference honorable mention last season.
Poyzer said defensive play will be an important part of the Knights’ game. He hopes newcomers to the lineup will reduce the number of errors in the field.
“Offensively we should be all right, but defense killed us last year,” Poyzer said. “WCA lost at least three games due to errors. The Knights will have a different look in the field with some new faces taking over at key positions.”
Poyzer expects Osakis and Browerville to finish among the top teams in the Prairie Conference after the two teams finished first and second, respectively, in the Prairie North in 2013. WCA finished fourth in the North with a 4-6 conference record.
Ashby is Poyzer’s favorite among teams in Section 6A.
WCA is scheduled to open its season April 4 on the road against Wheaton, and the first home game is April 14 against Brandon-Evansville.
2014 WCA ROSTER
SENIORS – Amber Oberg, Lauryn McLaughlin, Amy Benson, Jackie Oelke, Katie Poyzer, Christina Kruize, Mikaylah Stark
JUNIORS – Doranna Blascyk, Hailey Stark, Megan Holl
SOPHOMORES – Abby Oberg, Lynette Engler, Courtney Lock, Sheyenne Evavold
FRESHMAN – Morgan Sanstead