Mallory Teunissen (right) hoists Wayland’s Division 2 softball state championship trophy along with twin sister Morgan (left) and younger sister Bethany (center). (Photo provided)

Wayland’s Mallory Teunissen named top pitcher in Michigan

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Mallory Teunissen experienced the height of success from a team standpoint when she led Wayland to the Division 2 state softball championship in June.
Now she has done the same from an individual standpoint.
The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association recently named Teunissen as its Miss Softball winner for pitchers.
Wayland head coach Cheri Ritz and assistant coach Nicki Cardosa delivered the news to Teunissen.
“I was very pleasantly surprised when Coach Ritz and Coach Cardosa stopped over at my house to tell me,” Teunissen said.
Teunissen is just the second Wayland player to receive the coveted award. Brittini Merchant is the other, having claimed the 2006 award for position players after leading Wayland to its first state title.
“Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I realize how much of an honor it is to be chosen for this award, especially being the first pitcher to receive this award from Wayland.”
Teunissen finished her career with a 145-12 record and a 0.23 ERA. And she saved her best for last, going 33-2 with a 0.21 ERA and a school-record 402 strikeouts as a senior.
She credited much of her success in her final campaign to sophomore catcher Leigha Morse.
“I think knowing it was my senior year helped me take it up a notch,” Teunissen said. “I set my goals extremely high knowing this was my last year at Wayland. Also, I have to say Leigha did an awesome job behind the plate and we worked very well together.”
 

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