BIG RAPIDS \u2013 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. \u201cIt was a good year coming into high school,\u201d Theunick said of 2021. \u201cWe played very well as a team. At the beginning, it was rough. We had all these people coming in. We had a huge team.\u201d It\u2019s easier for Theunick this season with a year behind her. \u201cWe had a lot of interchangeable players,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s nice to know.\u201d Theunick said she\u2019s been a catcher longer than she can remember. \u201cI was at a tryout and somebody said I should try it,\u201d she said. \u201cI like to throw the ball down. I like calling pitches.\u201d The key to having success in the batter\u2019s box \u201cis waiting for the ball and making sure you have your timing down,\u201d Theunick said.\u00a0 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. \u201cI think we could maybe go farther,\u201d Theunick said. \u201cWe 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.