With snow melting, and temperatures rising, it’s softball season and this year, Bishop Noll has new faces who have made an impact for this year’s first games. There are six freshmen on this year’s varsity team.
Freshman, #3, Alyssa Niemann,is a pitcher and plays second base. She has the most stolen bases on the team this season with 4 in total. Her earned run average is 2.22. She was named player of the match on April 4th against Calumet Tech, who we won by 16-0. Niemann has 41 innings pitched, 44 total strikes out, 2 wins, and .765 fielding percentage. She was named player of the game for yesterdays game against.
”Alyssa pitched well enough to win this game. 5k’s, no walks, and 3 earned runs”, said the Softball Coaching Staff.
Along with her star teammate, #9 Daniella Zvonar, is another freshman starter who is helping lead the Warriors in their current 5-5 record.
Daniella has played 6 games, has the highest batting average of .600 on the team. Her on base percentage is .689, 12 hits, 16 RBIs, and 12 runs as her latest stats as of right now. She has also been named player of the game twice.
Zvonar plays shortstop and brings to the team her enthusiastic energy and passion for the sport. Her struggles when first joking softball at BNI was meeting and getting to know her teammates.
“It has been wonderful to meet new people and start talking and forming that bond to be a better team and teammate”, said Zvonar.
Niemann also faced that awkward phase of not knowing everyone on the team, but slowly overcame it and now cheers for her teammates and developed the team chemistry.
“My biggest challenges were talking to everyone, getting used to the atmosphere, improving on communication especially in games, and forming team chemistry,” she said.
This isn’t the first time these two players have played softball. Niemann started playing softball when she was younger. She played for the town of Highland, and the travel team Full tilt to have fun, learn, and get ready for competition in High School. Daniella started playing T-ball when she was 6 years old, played softball for the 16u team NWI Sox travel team, and Lakeshore town hall.
These young women have shown skills, responsibility, encouragement, and a new world of talent brought to Bishop Noll. The girls have a high amount of talent, and the skill they bring is not only good in softball, but social, the chemistry, friendship, encouragement, bringing one up when their head is down and teamwork.
The Softball team will travel to HCHS Cedar Lake on Monday 4/25 at 5am. Batt