Evart catcher looking to lead team to strong finish

Theunick, Wildcats determined to have more championship success

Ally Theunick is a sophomore catcher for Evart's softball team.

Ally Theunick is a sophomore catcher for Evart's softball team.

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BIG RAPIDS – Ally Theunick and the Evart girls softball team are in midseason form and hope to continue to play well and make a serious bid for the Highland Conference title.

As a catcher for Evart, Theunick earned all-conference honors last season. She had a .457 batting average, had 41 hits and five home runs on the season, plus 32 RBIs, and threw out seven runners.

“It was a good year coming into high school,” Theunick said of 2021. “We played very well as a team. At the beginning, it was rough. We had all these people coming in. We had a huge team.”

It’s easier for Theunick this season with a year behind her.

“We had a lot of interchangeable players,” she said. “That’s nice to know.”

Theunick said she’s been a catcher longer than she can remember.

“I was at a tryout and somebody said I should try it,” she said. “I like to throw the ball down. I like calling pitches.”

The key to having success in the batter’s box “is waiting for the ball and making sure you have your timing down,” Theunick said. 

She also plays volleyball and basketball but put in a lot of offseason softball work.

The cold spring weather was a threat to get everyone off to slow start but Theunick was confident it could be another good year. The Wildcats won conference and district titles a year ago.

“I think we could maybe go farther,” Theunick said. “We have a lot of talent. We only lost a few seniors and had a lot of freshmen. We have to play as team and not break everyone down.