Recapping the Return

Recapping the Return

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- March 19, 2021, was a milestone for the Maranatha Softball program, as they punctuated their first game in almost three years with a thrilling 1-run win. 

The return to play was significant, and the win made it that much sweeter. A program relying on creativity and resilience was rewarded for sticking to the goal when it mattered most - it was the payoff for a lot of hard work for Coach Rob Thompson and the program, as they fielded a viable team once again after 2 seasons were canceled. And for a year that was tainted with uncertainty, the win was all the more rewarding. 

And it set the tone for 2 more wins later in the season, as the Sabercats broke into the history books with a wild 32-24 win over North Central a few weeks later. That's not a typo - the Sabercats actually won 32-24 in a game that lasted just 5 innings. In that brief outing, the Sabercats set or tied 5 program records and broke into the program Top-10 records in 14 different categories.

The Sabercats would eventually split all 3 series with North Central on the season, but the wins weren't the only goal for Coach Thompson on the team. Thompson urged the student-athletes to grow in their individual walks with the Lord and honor and "Praise Him" in everything that they did this season.

"God has uniquely put this team together," said Thompson. "And it's been interesting and a blessing to see how such a group of young women can blend together to be an example of God's handiwork. This team has done a lot to just get back on the field and show the character to work hard. I consider it a real privilege to be their coach."

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AWARDS

The team awards from Coach Thompson were as follows:

Most Improved - Krysten Lawver

Defensive Player of the Year - Dani Chaney

Player of the Year - Erin Yancey

Coach's Award - Erin Yancey, Taylor Thome

Besides that, Thome and Yancey earned recognition from the NCCAA as North Central All-Region Selections - the first selections for the program since the 2017 season:

Thome earned the award as she finished a four-year career that consisted of just two seasons. She batted .363 while logging 124 at-bats, 45 hits, 10 doubles, and 21 runs. Thome recorded four triples and a home run while holding a .832 fielding percentage at shortstop. This season, Thome compiled a .706 slugging percentage, which was the 8th-highest mark in NCCAA Softball. 

Yancey earned her first career win in her first career game, as she was in the circle for the Sabercats' season-opening 10-9 win over North Central. Yancey finished the season with two wins and 30 strikeouts on the year, picking up another win against North Central the day after the season-opener. Yancey was a force on both sides of the ball, as she hit .356 with a .431 on-base percentage on the year.

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OUTLOOK

Taylor Thome was the only one on the team to compete for 4 seasons, and she was honored at the recent athletic awards assembly along with 10 other student-athletes that completed 4-year careers.

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Lessons Learned
May 27, 2021 Lessons Learned
Recapping the Return
May 27, 2021 Recapping the Return
Scholar-Athlete Honors
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Year 4 Recap
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One More Thome
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A Sweep for Hansel
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All-Region Runoff
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Chaney Chalks it Up
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Dafoe Takes a Bow
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Counting Down
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Callie Compilation
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Barclay Beckons
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Ozark on the Docket
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Business Still Unfinished
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Old Rivals Meet Again
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Callie Earns All-American
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Callie Cleans Up
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Take Two
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Scholar-Team Champions
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Five Seed for the Finish
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Callie for Three
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NCCAA Regionals Insider
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Four-Seed Framework
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Top Seed: Locked
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Callie Collects
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Ballin' in January
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Basketball Games Postponed
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The Day Before
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Story: From the Ground Up
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Inside Pool A
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Nationals In Sight
January 12, 2021 Nationals In Sight
Breaking New Ground
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Exceeding Expectations
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Recapping the Run
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A Look Back
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Weekly for Wilkerson
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More of Morrison
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Moses Collects
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Pill at the Pinnacle
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Sponnie at the Summit
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Basketball Games Cancelled
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AVCA All-Americans
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More for Moses
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Climax Close-Up
November 20, 2020 Climax Close-Up
This Means More
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Story: No Superman
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Thursday Game Postponed
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Story: Rewrite the Script
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Nationals In Focus
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Hansel Honored
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More History Made
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Inside Pool A
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Third Shuffle
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Making NCCAA History
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Second Shuffle
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The Road Ahead
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Story: Success Secrets
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Weekend Games Postponed
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Nationals Field Adjusted
November 11, 2020 Nationals Field Adjusted
Back Together
November 9, 2020 Back Together
Reclaim the Fame
November 8, 2020 Reclaim the Fame
Top Seed for the Tournament
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After Day Two
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Season-Opener Cancelled
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After Day One
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Schedule Shuffle
November 5, 2020 Schedule Shuffle
Fopma Flies Ahead
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Business Still Unfinished
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Title Defense: Targeted
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Eligibility Extended
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Parents' Day Cancelled
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Three More
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Jamboree Jumpstart
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Regional Faceoff
October 23, 2020 Regional Faceoff
Round-Robin Regional
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Men's Soccer Game Postponed
October 22, 2020 Men's Soccer Game Postponed
Traveling Trifecta
October 19, 2020 Traveling Trifecta
Miracle in Muskegon
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Bigtime at Bethel
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Sponnie for Three
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Sponnie Starts it Off
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Two for Hansel
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Test Run Ready
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300 for DeLozier
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Two for the Show
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Forward Looks
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Eyes on the Prize
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Prepared to Prepare
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New Look
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Nostalgia and "Normality"
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COVID-19 FAQs
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Fall Schedule Updates
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Academic Achievements
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A Forward Look
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Hosting Hopes
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Back to Business
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