Andale softball’s Kyla Eck looks to help lead Indians back to state tournament

Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:15 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Andale/Garden Plain softball was a favorite to win the class 4A title last year before COVID-19 canceled the season. This year, the Indians will look to continue their quest for another state title behind senior leadership from Division I commit Kyla Eck.

The Indians will take to the diamond Thursday for their first game in two years, looking to pick back up where they left off in 2019, with a 23-2 record and a second-place finish at state.

“It feels good to be back, I’m sad I didn’t get to play with the seniors last year because I knew we were going to be really great,” Eck said.

The infielder is a University of The Pacific commit and impressed in her sophomore campaign, with a .550 batting average and a .660 on base percentage. After missing her junior season due to COVID-19, she’ll look to help lead her team back to the state tournament in her final high school season despite losing a deep senior class to graduation last year.

“The same goal is to win state but we will have to work a lot harder because we did lose all those players and the younger players are going to have to step up to fill those spots but I think there’s still a good chance,” she said.

Eck said losing their season last year provides even more motivation to bring home the program’s fourth title.

“Since it’s my last year and I know last year, we were supposed to win I’m really motivated to win even more.”

Andale kicks off its season Thursday with a double header on the road against McPherson at 4.

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