Softball an MIAA Title Contender, Places Third In Preseason Coaches Poll

Mary Vandehoef cheers on her team from her coach's box at Wolters Stadium. by Alan Babbitt

With three All-MIAA honorees returning, the Hope College softball team is picked to be a challenger for a league championship this season.

The Flying Dutch finished third in the 2020 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll with 51 points and one first-place vote. Trine University topped the poll with 63 points, while Calvin University was second with 57 points.

Led by head coach Mary VandeHoef, Hope is coming off a 2019 season where the Flying Dutch posted a 24-13 record and qualified for the MIAA Tournament. 

The Flying Dutch return All-MIAA First Team shortstop Savannah Dixon of Niles, Michigan (Edwardsburg HS) and two All-MIAA Second Team honorees: catcher Morgann Kanouse of Cadillac, Michigan (Cadillac) and second baseman Arinn King of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville).

Dixon batted a team-leading .419 last season with a school-record 48 runs batted in. 

Hope's season opener is scheduled for Friday, March 6 with a non-league doubleheader at Manchester College (Indiana).

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