Lakeview Vikings

Lakeview softball may not have had the most successful season in the win column, but that didn't diminish any of the satisfaction head coach Erica Zywiec had in her final season at the helm.

Zywiec handed in her resignation after the district tournament in order to spend more time with her family. Now that the kids are getting older, she wanted the ability to be a part of more activities.

The Vikings finished the season with a 3-24 record after losing most of the starting roster from last year. It, of course, wasn't the way Zywiec wanted to step away, but after seeing a mostly young, inexperienced team continue to grow, Zywiec believes there are better days ahead.

"I was overall happy with the way the girls performed and kept fighting in sub districts," Zywiec said. "We got down early in both games but the girls kept fighting and stringing together hits and didn't give up until the end." 

Lakeview lost its first two games of the season before defeating South Sioux City in the third game. The Vikings then hit one of their toughest stretches of the season, losing 10 straight games before defeating Schuyler. 

Another skid of five followed before seven losses to close the regular season.

"For the most part the team spirit was great," Zywiec said. "We had moments when the girls would get discouraged but they were a close group and stuck together well throughout the season. We tried to focus on the positives in each game and learn from the mistakes."

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Some of those positives included players stepping into unfamiliar roles and positions as needed. Though the wins were tough to come by, everyone was in it together.

"I think that showed a lot of character and team commitment," Zywiec said. "My hope is that in the off season, they keep working on pitching and get better in that position."

Freshman Molly Frenzen led the team in hits with 22 and runs with 22 as well while junior Jerica Mohlman tossed 56 innings in the circle and striuck out 36 hitters.

"We didn't have bad pitching during the games but we faced some good hitting teams," Zywiec said. "We had some moments with errors but a lot of the time it was just the other team hitting to spots we couldn't get to." 

This season served as the final season for four seniors - Kallie Langmack, Delany Snyder, Mallery Schultz and Emily Stevenson. 

"I think if the girls keep working on pitching in the off season, there can be more success next year," Zywiec said. "Their willingness to try it and get better at it was a great asset this season. I just hope they stick to it this winter and spring."  

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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