Swanton softball looks to rebound in league play


Staff Report



Swanton’s Kailey Brownfield gets a base hit in a game last season. Brownfield is one of seven returning letter winners for the Bulldogs in 2019.

Swanton’s Kailey Brownfield gets a base hit in a game last season. Brownfield is one of seven returning letter winners for the Bulldogs in 2019.


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Kylie Ulch of Swanton runs the bases in a game last season. She returns after being named second team All-NWOAL as a sophomore.


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Schedule

March 23 vs Woodward (DH)

March 25 vs Montpelier

March 27 vs Waite

March 28 at Notre Dame

March 30 Southview, Bowsher at Scott Park

April 2 at Northwood

April 4 at Delta

April 6 at North Central (DH)

April 8 at Evergreen

April 9 at Lake

April 11 at Archbold

April 15 vs Bryan

April 17 at Ottawa Hills

April 18 at Patrick Henry

April 20 vs Edgerton

April 22 vs Delta

April 23 at Toledo Christian

April 24 at Waite

April 25 vs Liberty Center

April 27 vs Scott (DH)

April 29 vs Wauseon

April 30 vs Start

May 3 at Tinora

Swanton’s softball team will look to improve on last season with several letter winners back on the field. Coach Joe Nye’s Bulldogs were 11-8 overall last year, but 0-7 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

Leading the list of returnees is junior Kylie Ulch. She was named second-team all-league as a sophomore last season.

Also returning for Swanton are Kailey Brownfield, Alexis Bergman, Morgan Pine, Jessica Dohm, Kara Truckor, and Rachel Waszak.

Despite the solid list of returnees, the Bulldogs will have to replace some key pieces from the 2018 squad. Letter winners lost from that team include Kaitlyn Merritt, Haley Nelson, Eva Weigel, and Olivia Williams, who was honorable mention all-league.

Looking to fill the void will be promising newcomers Brianna Williams and Emma Operacz.

Coach Nye sees defense as a strength for Swanton heading into the 2019 campaign.

“We will be much stronger on defense,” he said. “Pitching is more experienced.”

The coach listed Bryan, Archbold, Evergreen, and defending champion Wauseon as the top teams in the NWOAL.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to open the season Saturday at home in a doubleheader against Woodward beginning at 11 a.m. They then face Montpelier on March 25, host Waite March 27, travel to Notre Dame March 28, and play Southview and Bowsher at Scott Park on March 30.

Swanton’s Kailey Brownfield gets a base hit in a game last season. Brownfield is one of seven returning letter winners for the Bulldogs in 2019.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/03/web1_Brownfield-hit.jpgSwanton’s Kailey Brownfield gets a base hit in a game last season. Brownfield is one of seven returning letter winners for the Bulldogs in 2019. File Photo

Kylie Ulch of Swanton runs the bases in a game last season. She returns after being named second team All-NWOAL as a sophomore.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/03/web1_Ulch-rounds-3rd.jpgKylie Ulch of Swanton runs the bases in a game last season. She returns after being named second team All-NWOAL as a sophomore. File Photo

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Schedule

March 23 vs Woodward (DH)

March 25 vs Montpelier

March 27 vs Waite

March 28 at Notre Dame

March 30 Southview, Bowsher at Scott Park

April 2 at Northwood

April 4 at Delta

April 6 at North Central (DH)

April 8 at Evergreen

April 9 at Lake

April 11 at Archbold

April 15 vs Bryan

April 17 at Ottawa Hills

April 18 at Patrick Henry

April 20 vs Edgerton

April 22 vs Delta

April 23 at Toledo Christian

April 24 at Waite

April 25 vs Liberty Center

April 27 vs Scott (DH)

April 29 vs Wauseon

April 30 vs Start

May 3 at Tinora