In her fourth season with the varsity team, Lauren Teitsma provides offensive pop to the South Christian lineup and an all-around steadying presence behind the plate. (Brian Forde | Advance Newspapers)
on April 28, 2018 11:21 PM
CUTLERVILLE – At the plate and from behind it, Lauren Teitsma is leading the South Christian softball team this spring.
The senior catcher is a four-year varsity player handling a solid pitching staff and directing traffic around the infield.
Teitsma has been batting around .500 all season, and the Sailors are just beginning to heat up.
“As our senior catcher, Lauren is a threat to all who are on the bases with her strong arm,” South Christian coach Tara Schreur said, “She has caught many girls stealing.
“She also is one of our leading hitters, and brings consistency and power to the lineup.”
A rare left-handed catcher, Teitsma has been a fixture behind the plate and calling pitches.
“She has a lot of knowledge of the game,” Schreur said. “She is a vocal player that communicates well. From her catching position, she directs girls where to throw the ball.”
Through 11 games, Teitsma was leading the Sailors with 19 hits and a .500 batting average. She had five doubles, two triples, and a home run.
“Lauren has had a lot of clutch hits for us,” Schreur said. “She has been consistent this year with her hitting and her ability to go with a pitch.”
Teitsma is one of seven seniors on the team this spring.
“She is very positive,” Schreur said. “She is a great team captain and she is always putting the needs of the team above her own. I just love that about her.
“I have a lot of seniors who are leading the underclassmen in a positive way.”
The Sailors were 4-7 after 11 games, and played Wayland Union – which has won 13 consecutive conference championships – very close during a chilly doubleheader, losing by scores of 2-0 and 4-3 in an early-season OK Gold Conference showdown.
“We struggled at the beginning of the season when we played some very good teams and made some errors,” Schreur said. “We have been improving each week, as we have more competition, We are a very good hitting team and we are keeping our errors to a minimum.
“I am confident in this team, and we are starting to pull it all together,” she added. “We played Wayland really tough, and I was proud of the team.
“I believe our record will improve as our season goes on. This is an exciting bunch of girls to coach, as they bring lots of energy and heart to the field.”