Van Houten, Storm show strong offense


by Erin Guzman

The Storm softball season is in full swing, backed by a powerful batting average.

Unbeaten in the last six games, the Storm owns a .370 average, a 20-8 (6-0 IIAC) record and sits at the top of the Iowa Conference.

The Storm has been matched up against stiff Division II and III in weeks previous, and their performances there have proved to put up a fight.

Freshman Kylie Van Houten, recently named IIAC player of the week, has seen the growth in the squad from the beginning of the season and is looking forward to the next few games.

“I feel like the season has started off really well, and most of our losses were only by one run,” Van Houten said.

Although the Storm have had a tough schedule, that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to improve each game and the Storm has shown no signs of stopping in its pursuit of championship status.

“I have been blessed with many quality young ladies who love to play the game,” Christowski said. “My job is made easy because these athletes have put in the necessary work to improve, to perform and to win. It has been a great experience for myself, my fine coaching staff and all those who have been involved with the program.”

Storm softball has shown impressive performances from their young members early in the season. That promise of young talent is something that the softball squad is using to their advantage for the rest of the season.

Senior Kiersten Ruff sees the strength of this year’s roster and is optimistic about their potential.

“One of our strengths is the depth and the ability of anybody on our team to come in and complete the task asked of them,” Ruff said. “We have a relatively young team with only two players playing their same positions as last year, but I believe it is this fact that’s given us the desire to prove ourselves and the overall fight we have demonstrated so far this season.”

Junior Keri Sorensen agrees that the Storm has the depth and the capability to remain on top.

“The highlight of the season for me has been our hitting overall,” Sorensen said. “As a team, we have done so well at swinging the bat. We also have very good team chemistry. We get along well and want what is best for each other. We also try to communicate as much as we can, especially in practice.”

Storm softball has made a name for itself as being a team capable of great things. With a historically impressive resume of work, Simpson has its eyes set on achieving big goals this season.

“Our biggest goal is always first to win the regular season conference,” Christowski said. “Secondly, we want to qualify for the conference tournament, and thirdly to qualify for post-season play. We can accomplish these by continuing to win.”

As a senior, Ruff knows that winning games can only come with commitment and hard work.

“To achieve these goals we have to be dedicated to both the individual and team improvements,” Ruff said. “That will allow us the opportunities to perform well when faced with tough competition and situations.”