Loper softball season cut short after promising start

Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 5:14 PM CDT
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The MIAA canceled the rest of the 2020 spring conference regular-season games along with the 2020 spring conference championships. The move ends what was a promising season for the UNK softball team (13-13, 3-3 in MIAA).

"It was heartbreaking. I mean for any athlete participating in any sport winter, spring sports," UNK softball coach Katie Ackermann said. "It's a heartbreaking time to know that this could potentially be it. To know how it went and how it unfolded, it's just it's unfortunate. I feel really bad for all the athletes involved."

The NCAA granted another year of eligibility for all spring athletes who could not participate in a full season of eligibility. Coach Ackermann said she does not know if the four seniors on the team will apply for another year.

This was Ackermann's first season coaching the team. With the season cut short, she now moves to the recruiting trail.

"Right now our contact with potential student-athletes is through email and phone," Ackermann said. "The biggest thing is hoping that these individuals understand the summer ball season might be limited. Hopefully, they send a lot of videos our way. As far as getting out to tournaments, we're going to have to play everything by ear."

Given the abrupt end to the season, Coach Ackermann is trying to stay positive.

"To be .500 at the beginning of the season was huge for us. What could have been, could have been something great," Ackermann said. "It's just good momentum into next year to know what this season could have been like."

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