As the month of April begins, practices for the New Haven summer softball team have begun. The team is made up of incoming freshmen through seniors that are interested in playing for the high school team in the fall. The head coach will be New Haven High School principal Chip Stutzman. New Haven softball has continued to see year-by-year improvement and will look to improve even more throughout the summer in preparation for the school season. Here is a look into their upcoming summer season.
One of the big changes to the schedule this summer will be that they will not play in the Washington league. Instead, they will play double-headers against area travel and high school based teams. There are also 2 tournaments scheduled that the New Haven Youth Softball League plans to play as if they were varsity level.
Coach Chip Stutzman stated, “Our ultimate goal is to get better. If we are a better team and better individual players at the end of the summer, we will have reached our goal. Playing 19 is going to be a challenge, but we feel like by predetermining several games as JV games, it will help create playing time for those who did not get into game 1.”
There were 19 girls that signed up for the team this summer. There will be 4 incoming seniors, 3 juniors, 6 sophomores, and 6 freshmen.
Incoming senior Olivia Williams commented, “I am extremely excited for this upcoming summer league season. We have a lot of really talented freshmen playing this season. I really enjoy having Mr. Stutzman as a coach. I feel like his coaching methods will make us better not only as a team, but as individuals too.”
When asked about the potential impact of the many underclassmen, fellow incoming senior Kamryn Poe replied, “I think that we have really improved since I first started playing on our school summer league team. The [underclassmen] are doing great and I am feeling good about the upcoming season. We have so much talent in all of these girls-- it’s bittersweet seeing them do so good because this is my last year to play with such an incredible team.”
The future looks very bright for New Haven softball. Good luck this summer, ladies!