Veterans give optimism to West Allis Hale softball
Huskies gain split of four softball games
A strong group of upperclassmen will key the West Allis Hale softball team this season under first-year head coach Druscilla Schneider.
The Huskies have six returning letter-winners in senior infielder Kara Placzek, senior pitcher Sarah Mueller, junior infielder Teara Morgenroth, senior outfielder Marissa Lehn, sophomore infielder Brianna Bolskar and senior catcher Meghan Ashton.
Mueller, Morgenroth and Placzek are the team captains.
"Sarah is returning as our pitcher and top hitter," Schneider said. "Teara is a wise defensive player and has great offensive awareness. Breanna returns with a lot of experience. With our captains leading, we can expect a lot of underclassmen following in their footsteps."
Hale finished 11-12 last season and claimed a WIAA Division 1 regional championship with a victory over Oconomowoc.
Schneider is hoping her team can build upon that success.
"We have a young team, but our girls have the drive to compete," she said. "They put forth the effort every day and perform their hardest."
The Huskies split four games last week.
They topped Sussex Hamilton 13-9 on April 10 behind a 4-for-4 effort from freshman infielder Julie Palesse, who also scored three runs. Morgenroth, Bolskar and Mueller each collected two hits.
Hale also downed Cudahy 16-6 on Friday night as Mueller, sophomore infielder Melanie Miller and Lehn all tallied three hits. Mueller doubled twice and drove in two runs, while Lehn brought in one run.
Mueller allowed three hits and struck out nine for the game.
Schneider said that Menomonee Falls and Brookfield Central will be the top teams in the Greater Metro Conference this season, and both teams got the best of the Huskies last week.
Hale fell to Central 6-0 on April 7 despite two hits apiece by Morgenroth, Miller and Palesse, who belted a triple. Freshman outfielder/infielder Taylor Supple also had a hit.
The Huskies lost to Falls 11-1 on April 8 as Morgenroth, Miller and Palesse each had two hits and Supple one hit.
Hale moved to 3-2 in the GMC and 4-2 overall. The Huskies played three times earlier this week and are now off until Saturday, April 26, when they visit Muskego High School for a doubleheader.
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