Ironwomen return to softball diamond

For the first time in two years, Vermilion Community College is fielding a women’s softball team.
The Ironwomen are back on the field after a one-year hiatus, with a new head coach and an almost entirely new roster.
Justin Kosik, who also serves as head football coach at VCC, has taken the reins of a softball program that went dark in 2018 because of a lack of participation.
That shouldn’t be a problem in 2019, with a dozen athletes out for the squad, which opened its season in late-March with three nonconference games at the Rosemount Dome, south of the Twin Cities.
Shawna Butler, a former Ely Timberwolf, is one of the newcomers to the VCC lineup while the only holdover from the 2017 team is first baseman/outfielder Lynn Engler.
Others on the team are Ely graduate Maggie Isbell, as well as Jade Evans, Brittany Packer, Meghan Ferrell, Jessica Emmans, Hannah Larson, Ashley Goley, Lauren Huchel, Hanna Peitso and Morgan Schubert.
The Ironwomen showed their inexperience at Rosemount, falling 18-0 to Dakota College (N.D.), 16-0 to Northern Division rival Itasca and 20-0 to powerhouse St. Cloud Tech.
Northern Divison play begins Wednesday, when the Ironwomen travel to International Falls to take on Rainy River. The first of six home dates is slated for Apr. 19, when the Ironwomen host Mesabi.