The time is almost here for the Xavier Prep softball team to play ball !!
enter the 2020 season after a very strong showing in 2019, when they finished
17-5 and were the No. 4 seed in the 6A Conference state tournament in Brad
Downes’ first year as head coach.
shroud his team’s potential in ifs and maybes.
“We think we
have a really good team,’’ he said.
the season next weekend (Feb. 27-29) in the annual Sunrise Mountain Tournament
at Pioneer Park in Peoria. The Gators will play twice on Thursday, once on
Friday and once or twice on Saturday.
field a balanced roster in terms of year in school. There are three seniors,
four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.
In terms of
experience, though, XCP is way ahead of the curve.
lineup loaded with underclassmen, Xavier put up some impressive numbers with
the bat and rode the arm of then-freshman Riley Flynn, who won all of the
year older and stronger, and our hitters should be better,’’ Downes said.
Back for her
sophomore year will be sophomore shortstop Bridget Donahey, who was one of the
best at her position in Arizona, if not the country. She hit .581 with 13 home
runs, 13 doubles, drove in 36 runs and stole 5 bases.
Katie, now a senior center fielder, made her mark mainly on defense, but also
hit .382 with 2 homers and 15 RBIs.
are junior catcher Macy Lee, who recently committed to Michigan State after
hitting .397 with 2 homers and 21 RBIs, and sophomore second baseman Meghan
Schouten, who hit .321 with 3 homers and is one of the team’s vocal leaders.
It won’t be
easy for Flynn to surpass what she did last season, but she certainly is
out 144 batters in 130 1/3 innings. Her arm got a bit tired late in the season,
but she should get more help in the circle this year from freshmen Zoe Zowine
and Berdina Riggs.
be assisted by Deryk Sexton, Maddison Johnson and former Xavier player Mallory
the players “have a familiarity now with each other and with the coaching
staff. They know what to expect. We are out to have fun but we also want to be
focused and disciplined.’’
Xavier Prep 2020 softball roster
Andrade, Jr., INF; Victoria Delgado, Sr., OF; Bridget Donahey, So., SS; Katie
Donahey, Sr., OF; Riley Flynn, So., P-OF; Izzy Hycnar, Fr., 3B-1B; Sydney
Johnson, Jr., OF-2B; Macy Lee, Jr., C-1B; Grace Lobocki, Fr., OF; Cameron
Martin, Sr., OF; Berdina Riggs, Fr., P-1B; Meghan Schouten, So., 2B-OF; Elliot
Smith, So., 1B-C-OF; Lina Vanderwey, Jr., OF-C; Zoe Zowine, Fr., P-OF.