BHS softball set for second season
"Sunflower seed" season has returned to Baldwin High School as the Bulldog softball team had its first official practice on March 6. The weather had canceled the optional hitting practice previously scheduled. The weather has also had the team practicing indoors in the BHS gymnasium everyday.
"I hope that the weather gets warmer and the fields dry out, but I know that won't happen so we will probably be indoors," said second-year head coach Ginny Honomichl.
Honomichl led the team to a successful season last spring, in the team's first ever year of softball at BHS.
The Bulldogs lost only three seniors from last year's lineup and have six current seniors returning to step up and take charge. The seniors returning are Suzie Weege, Kristen Wessel, Tarin Troth, Mary Martin, Erika Young and Sara Johnson. They are expected to take on the team's leadership roles.
"I'm excited for the season to begin because we have more home games than last year and also we always have a good time," sophomore Kayla Pringle said.
There have been some coaching additions this year. New BHS teacher Ty Pattison and Bob Martin will both be assistant coaches this year.
The Bulldogs will be updating their equipment bag by adding a "hockey looking" catcher's helmet and an automatic ball tosser. The team is overall excited about the season getting underway and have set some lofty goals.
"I really want to make it to the state softball tournament this year. We are a second year team and we will be stronger and better," Honomichl said.
The team's opening contest will be against Hays, a Class 5A opponent, on April 6. The game will begin at 4 p.m. at the BHS ball fields.