Though the Aquinas softball team didn’t quite reach its goals this season, the Monarchs came together after the graduation of a large senior class and found their identity with a mix of veterans and newcomers.
Aquinas went 8-19 in 2019, picking up some momentum late with three wins in the last five before dropping two straight district games. The Monarchs also started 3-12 before winning five of 12.
"Offensively, we hit a very solid .330 as a team. Also, four freshmen contributed significant varsity playing time this season.” Coach Paul Gahan said.
"Going into the season, the players team goal was to win 15 games and make it to the second day of districts. I really thought we had the potential to reach those goals. We played well at times. However, we were inconsistent in all phases of the game: defense, pitching, base running and offense.”
Highlights included a win against a Logan View/Scribner-Snyder team that was ranked at the time and a victory against county foe Blue River. Aquinas took down LVSS 8-4 to snap a four-game losing streak on Sept. 12 and opened the David City Invite with a 10-1 drubbing of the Panthers.
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In victories, the Monarchs were especially good, scoring at least eight runs each time. In losses, they scored two or fewer seven times and allowed eight or more all but twice.
"I want to thank our five seniors, Darian Krenk, Macy Kobza, Jayci Roh, Isabel Coufal and Lily Plasek, for their efforts and contributions to the Aquinas Softball program during the past four years.” Gahan said.
With a lot of the young players having to play varsity this year, the Monarchs will have some experience coming back.
"These are some positives we can build on as we look forward to next season,” Gahan said. "With hard work in the off season and a commitment to getting better, I am optimistic about the future of Aquinas Softball."