Future prospects excite Evart catcher

Ally Theunick, Wildcats can also be strong next season

Evart's Ally Theunick connects with a pitch at the state finals.

Evart's Ally Theunick connects with a pitch at the state finals.

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EVART — Many Evart softball players are playing travel ball this summer to get ready for what they anticipate will be a successful season in 2023 after a state runner-up finish in 2022.

Ally Theunick was a sophomore catcher for the Wildcats during the season. She batted .377, with 14 singles, nine doubles, one triple with seven home runs 32 RBIs. She was all-conference and all-district.

The Wildcats graduate two seniors. Theunick was also in volleyball and basketball. But as soon as the Wildcats had ended their season with a 3-2 loss in extra innings to Millington.

“I think we could definitely be here again next year,” Theunick said after Evart’s loss in the title game. “We have good freshmen coming up. I’m not saying Skyler Baumgardner and Veronica Lofquist (Evart’s two seniors) are replaceable. But the new players will help.”

Theunick missed several games during the 2022 season with a knee injury after the first game. She’s looking to be completely healthy next year.

“A few games before our district games, we started trusting each other more than we did the whole season,” Theunick said.

She was anticipating an extremely busy summer with the three sports. Her softball coach Amanda Brown is also the volleyball skipper.

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.”