The Beaver Dam High School softball team was looking to have an exciting season with increased participation before coronavirus put the year on hold.
The Golden Beavers were set to return five seniors for their final season at BDHS before COVID-19 suspended the season. Head coach Abby Schmitt says she wants to see those five girls get another shot to play because of all the time and effort they have put into their games. She says the seniors have stuck with softball and have never stopped coming to open gyms and fought hard to get better. Schmitt adds that her seniors; Grace Maderios, Bre Krenz, Carley Burkhardt, Mitty Schwartz, and Bre Janusz have experienced “the best of times” in winning the Regional Championship in 2018 and “the worst of times” struggling through last season, but through it all they have been great leaders.
Coach Schmitt says that she anticipated having around 30 players hit the practice field last month before spring sports were suspended. That would have allowed the program to field a varsity, JV and JV2 squad for the first time in her three-year tenure as head coach. Schmitt says that more student-athletes playing multiple sports is a partial reason why her numbers are up. Schmidt also says that kids having more and more opportunities to play softball starting at an early age in the area also impacts the numbers in the high school program.
Schmitt enters her 3rd season as the Golden Beavers head coach. She was a 2009 BDHS graduate who participated in softball, volleyball and basketball. She went on to play softball at the University of Wisconsin.
Click the link below to listen to a full interview with Beaver Dam softball coach Abby Schmitt