COLUMBIA CITY— The Columbia City softball team may not have captured all its goals this past season, but the trend upward.
Dan Weigold completed his third season as head coach this spring and the Lady Eagles (15-10) had their first winning season under Weigold.
They may not have won the conference, nor the sectional championship game, but the Lady Eagles had memorable moments they won’t soon forget. Columbia City defeated Belmont and Manchester in the regular season, both of which would have gone undefeated if it weren’t for the Lady Eagles stepping in their way.
“There was a togetherness that our team had,” said Weigold. “They fought to accomplish our goals of winning conference and winning our section. Both of those we fell short in, but we won a lot of games. They all made plays and were good teammates.”
Bella Ross led the way at bat for Columbia City this year. The freshman hit seven homeruns to open her high school career. Ciarra Ivy was clutch with two walk off hits and a lead-off home run in three separate games. Columbia City relied on Brooke Ebersole and Anna Weigold to pitch on the mound.
“They kept us in the ballgames. We didn’t get the strikeouts like we usually do, but they kept the ball low so our defense could field it.” Weigold said.
The Lady Eagles Won a sectional game against Norwell, with no recorded strikeouts.
“There wasn’t a player on the team that we could do without, and every game we had someone different who stepped up and made a play that either won us the game or kept us in it.”
Weigold credits much of the success to the experience of the Lady Eagles.
“We had good leadership in Bella Krieg and Morgan Bales on the left side of the field,” he said. “We had a lot of experience, because most of the girls play travel ball. Sometimes you have to make a play without even thinking, and we were able to do that, because of the time they’ve put in. That’s when the instincts start to kick in.”
The Lady Eagles had five seniors this past season, but Weigold believes the future maybe even brighter with the young talent that will replace them.
“We lost five seniors who ended things well with us, but we have talented players that are filling their roles,” said Weigold. “I’m excited to see the program continue to move in the right direction.”