Eastpointe High pitcher Kayla Nowicki winds up during an April 30 game against Warren Lincoln. The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 4:30 p.m. May 9 on the road.

Eastpointe High pitcher Kayla Nowicki winds up during an April 30 game against Warren Lincoln. The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 4:30 p.m. May 9 on the road.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Eastpointe High softball coach discusses transition

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 9, 2018

 Eastpointe High softball coach Melody Bowers looks on during an April 30 game against Warren Lincoln. Bowers is hopeful that she will develop and expand the program.

Eastpointe High softball coach Melody Bowers looks on during an April 30 game against Warren Lincoln. Bowers is hopeful that she will develop and expand the program.

Photo by Deb Jacques

EASTPOINTE — Melody Bowers has taught in the Eastpointe Community Schools district since 2011 and served as an assistant with the high school’s softball team during her tenure.

This spring, Bowers moves into a bigger role, taking over as head coach of the Shamrocks’ softball team.

Bowers admits that some of the players were skeptical of having a new coach after coach Jeff Zschernig stepped down, but others welcomed having Bowers in the dugout.

“Several players asked if I was going to coach,” Bowers said. “So, I took a shot and threw my name in the hat, and here I am.”

Despite having a 2-5 overall record — including a 0-4 mark in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division at press time — the team has battled every game. 

The Shamrocks have scored more than 13 runs four times, including a three-game stretch where they scored 47 runs. On the other side of it, Eastpointe has allowed at least 15 runs in five games.

“We’re still working out some kinks,” said Bowers. “Overall, the girls are working hard, and I hope to continue seeing improvement throughout the season. Many of the girls are learning new positions and are doing so with little complaint.”

Helping keep everyone on task are seniors Makenzie Aiello and Nicole Blythe, along with junior Kayla Nowicki. Bowers said that the trio has done a solid job leading the team.

“Those ladies continue to step up and show their teammates, old and new, how a high school team can become more like a family,” Bowers said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the sportsmanship and dedication of everyone, but these ladies go above and beyond.”

The team has a few weeks of games left, then the state playoffs, which begin May 29. Bowers is looking to better develop and expand the Eastpointe softball program. She’s focusing on player retention, along with recruitment and developing the skills of new players. 

“Of course, if we win along the way, I have no complaints,” she said. “I do see a bright future ahead.”

The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 4:30 p.m. May 9 on the road.