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2020 Hope College Softball A Tribute

Above: Sophomore Kaelin Callow makes the out at first.

2020 at a Glance

  • Roster size: 24
  • Returners: 19
  • Captains: Senior Amanda Diaz, senior Jordyn Diaz, senior Shelby Steele and junior Jo Cook
  • MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll: Third

2019 Recaps

  • MIAA Regular Season: The Flying Dutch finished in third place in the MIAA with a 10-6 record while going 24-13 overall.
  • MIAA Tournament: Though losing to Calvin University in the tournament's first game, Hope came back to defeat nationally-ranked Trine University in its next game, 5-4, in nine innings. The Flying Dutch were eliminated from the tournament a game later, however, falling to Saint Mary's College, 6-4.

Photo left: Junior Jo Cook (14) and the Hope dugout celebrate a run scored by Jordyn Diaz (4).

2020 Softball Roster

The Flying Dutch roster consists of three seniors, six juniors, 10 sophomores and five freshmen. Experienced players are back at a number of positions.

Key Returner

Junior shortstop Savannah Dixon was named to the All-MIAA First Team last year. Dixon batted a team-leading .419 with a school-record 48 runs batted in in a single season. She also led Hope with five home runs.

Key Returner

Sophomore Arinn King, batting No. 2 in Hope's lineup and playing second base, was an All-MIAA Second Team honoree. King played all 37 games for the Flying Dutch as a freshman while batting .376. She led Hope in doubles with 14.

Key Returner

Junior Morgann Kanouse switched positions for the 2019 season, moving from third base to catcher. As a member of the All-MIAA Second Team, Kanouse had a fielding percentage of .971 while batting .299 for the season.

Other Hope Players to Watch

All five Hope pitchers are returners in the 2020 season. FROM TOP: sophomore Avery Slancik, sophomore Janelle Baar, sophomore Chloe Haskins, senior Shelby Steele, and junior Megan Soderbloom.
Junior captain Jo Cook will be in the outfield this season.
Senior captain Shelby Steele plays third base as well as pitches.
Outfielder and senior captain Jordyn Diaz led Hope with 13 steals in 2019.
Senior captain Amanda Diaz is a utility player for the Flying Dutch.

Head Coach Mary VandeHoef

Mary VandeHoef has been head softball coach at Hope College since 2011. She also works for the college as the Dow Center director.

VandeHoef has guided the Flying Dutch to a 219-139-2 overall record and a 107-49 mark in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association games. She has led Hope to three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and a share of the 2017 MIAA championship. In 2018, she coached Hope to within one game of the Division III College World Series.

VandeHoef came to Hope with a strong undergirding in NCAA Division III athletics. She played softball at Central College in Pella, Iowa and, their team won the national championship in 2003. She was a member of the softball coaching staff for two years (2005-2007) at Ithaca College (N.Y.) as a graduate assistant while receiving her masters degree in sport psychology, and helped guide the Bombers to the NCAA Division III College World Series in 2006.

Assistant Coach Bios

"There's a lot of energy and momentum that's building with this group, and we're excited to get out there and compete. We're getting good leadership. We've got a group that is going to compete every single day we put the uniform on and that's exciting to coach and to be a part of." — Head Coach Mary VandeHoef

Softball By the Numbers

  • 3.53. The team GPA of the 2019 squad, earning them an MIAA Team GPA award.
  • 6. Consecutive winning seasons.
  • 13th. Rank of Hope softball's team GPA in all of NCAA Division III in 2019.
  • 16. Softball players on the 2019 MIAA Honor Roll.
Flying Dutch softball plays at Wolters Stadium on Hope's campus
An enthusiastic dugout at Wolters Stadium.
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