The 2016 Sailor Varsity squad finished the season with a 22-16 record, second place in the O-K Gold Conference (8-2 record, and a trip to the District championship game after victories over Hamilton and Holland Christian. South Christian was honored with five members making the All-District team, including all three Sailor members of the O-K Gold All-Conference team. Hannah DeVries and Lynden Hoeksema joined dual honorees Syd DeYoung, Lauren Teitsma and Kendra Kuiper.
Senior Syd DeYoung completed her third Varsity campaign, which began with a mid-season call-up during her sophomore season. “Beans” played shortstop for the 2014 District championship team. “While Syd’s heart is at shortstop, she stepped up and anchored our defense from behind the plate these past two years, and batted third in the lineup this season,”” reports Coach Schreur. Over the course of the 38 game season, Syd batted .375 (.484 with runners in scoring position), with 3 homers and a team-leading 48 RBI. Her on-base percentage was .403, slugging percentage .551, for an OPS of .954. “Syd provided quiet but solid senior leadership for our team this season, and she will be an asset to the Davenport softball program next season” said Schreur.
Another Sailor senior, Hannah DeVries, also began her Varsity career as a call-up on the 2014 team for MHSAA District play. She has “been rocking third base for us ever since,” according to Schreur. Hannah has also occupied the Sailors’ leadoff position in the line-up for the past two seasons, because “she has that cocky attitude that you need to have as a leadoff hitter.” “Hannah Rae” batted .370 on the season, and led the team with 48 runs scored and 78 total bases, along with 8 stolen bases.
Lynden Hoeksema completed her second varsity season as a junior in 2016. South’s shortstop for 2015 and 2016, “she brings a scrappy, never-quit attitude to the infield,” according to Coach Schreur. Lynden batted .389, tied for second on the team with 51 hits, and a team high 15 stolen bases. She also batted a solid .407 with runners in scoring position. “Linda” as her teammates call her, plans to be back in 2017 as a senior leader for the Sailors.
Lauren Teitsma finished her second varsity season as South’s right fielder. “Lauren has a strong arm, and threw out some would-be singles at first base, as well as cut down a couple of runners at the plate,” reports Coach Schreur. “Lo”, or “Teits”, batted clean-up for the Sailors behind DeYoung. On the season, Lauren led the Sailors offensive attack with a .430 average (.429 with runners in scoring position), tied DeYoung for the team lead with 3 homeruns and 34 RBI. Her on-base percentage was .471, slugging percentage .594, for a team leading OPS of 1.065. Coach Schreur reports, “We look forward to Lauren bringing her bat, glove and spirit back to the team next season.”
“Kendra Kuiper has been a great addition to the Sailor softball program, filling some key roles for us as a freshman,” remarked Coach Schreur. “Kenny” posted a 4-1 record in-conference, and 11-8 overall, striking out 65, and walking 28 in 107 innings of work in the circle. She also played middle infield, and held the fifth spot in the Sailors’ batting order. Kenny batted .383 (.472 with runners in scoring position), with 1 homer and 30 RBI. Her on-base percentage was .444, slugging percentage .575, combining for a solid OPS of 1.019. Schreur reports that “Kendra can literally play anywhere in the field. And she can drive the ball into the gaps, and it will be fun to watch her play next year.”
Syd is now planning for the next phase of her softball career as a Davenport University Panther, and Hannah will be studying Accounting at GVSU. Lynden fills her spare time until 2017 with all things volleyball, while Lauren & Kendra will prep for next season over the summer as members of the West Michigan Venom softball team.