PREP SOFTBALL

Wendlinger returns to Hanover Central

2013-08-19T19:00:00Z 2013-09-16T18:28:04Z Wendlinger returns to Hanover CentralSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

The last time Amanda Wendlinger wore a Hanover Central uniform, the senior pitcher threw a perfect game in the 2004 Class 2A state championship game to give the Wildcats the big trophy.

Now Amanda Suarez, she will be putting on the Cardinal and Columbia Blue attire again as she's been hired as a teacher at the Cedar Lake school.

She resigned as North Newton's softball coach for the last four years.

Suarez will be at Hanover today for the first day of school. She will be officially hired at next week's school board meeting.

"Leaving North Newton is bittersweet," Suarez said. "The hardest part is leaving the softball girls. They came a long way in the four years I was there and I am very proud of what those girls accomplished.

"But Hanover is a good school and I had a lot of fun when I was there. Especially softball (and) playing for coach McMillen. There is a lot of excitement going back."

Suarez said she'd heard a lot of rumors with people asking if she was going to be the next softball coach at her alma mater. She keeps saying no and has let everyone know McMillen will be.

Suarez said the two have spoken and she hopes to help out the program however she can.

"I will do whatever he asks of me," Suarez said of the program that made it to the Class 3A semistate last June. "I know there's a lot of talent there and I want to help out however I can."

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