Southfield Christian looking to improve

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published April 16, 2019

 Southfield Christian sophomore Kamille Smith throws a pitch during a game against Novi Christian Academy April 9. The Eagles won 18-3.

Southfield Christian sophomore Kamille Smith throws a pitch during a game against Novi Christian Academy April 9. The Eagles won 18-3.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Southfield Christian sophomore Jenna Schoon goes to throw the ball in a game against Novi Christian Academy April 9. At press time, the Eagles were 2-0 overall.

Southfield Christian sophomore Jenna Schoon goes to throw the ball in a game against Novi Christian Academy April 9. At press time, the Eagles were 2-0 overall.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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SOUTHFIELD — After collecting four wins with a young team last year, the Southfield Christian softball team is looking to see improvement this season.

The Eagles still have a young group, but with another year of experience, the team is hopeful it can take a step in the right direction.

Early on, Southfield Christian looks to be headed in a positive direction. At press time, the Eagles were 2-0 overall, scoring 28 runs while giving up just nine.

“It’s a slow process, but these girls are very willing and able to listen,” assistant coach Michael Voytal said. “That’s all I need is a teachable person. As long as they’re willing to learn, I’m willing to teach them. I have close to 30 years (of) coaching experience, so everything I’ve learned over the 30 years I try and show them.”

Southfield Christian has a small roster featuring three freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and a senior. However, with one sitting out due to transfer rules the rest of the season, the Eagles have 10 players who can play on a daily basis.

Coach Ken Brown is hoping that his team can stay healthy throughout the season. A few players leading the Eagles are junior second baseman Karington Cox, sophomore shortstop Jenna Schoon, sophomore pitcher Kamille Smith and sophomore catcher Morgan Bettie.

“Our pitching is going to be our strength, and that’s got to be our strength at the beginning, because we’re basically still learning the game,” Brown said.

In terms of expectations, Brown is hoping to see the team continue to improve throughout the season and push toward winning a district title. Voytal added that the state tournament will show how the team has progressed.

Cox said a run in the playoffs would be special.

“This is my first year as captain, and I only have one more year left,” she said. “So I really want to take this team to the next level.”

The Eagles will take the field again at 4:30 p.m. April 18 at home against Warren Fitzgerald.

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