With the dynamic duo of Rachel Seefeldt and Sarah Mueller back, the West Allis Hale softball team is looking for a Greater Metro Conference championship this season.
Seefeldt and Mueller, hitting in the heart of the Huskies' lineup, combined to put up video-game numbers last season in earning NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Team honors.
Seefeldt, now a senior, was the All-Suburban Player of the Year after batting .444 with 12 home runs, 44 runs batted in and 40 runs scored. She posted a slugging average of 1.083 and struck out just twice.
Mueller, who is now a junior, hit .486 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 34 runs scored. She slugged at a 1.054 clip as well.
They are both back for the Huskies, who finished 17-7 last season and 11-3 in the GMC, one game behind Menomonee Falls.
"We are hoping to claim the GMC championship," head coach Kay Nichols said. "We did not lose any starters to graduation, so we are returning a very strong lineup."
Besides Seefeldt and Mueller, other key hitters will be seniors Jenny Schmidt and Jessica Knurowski and junior Marissa Lehn.
Providing speed on the basepaths will be sophomores Emily Navarette, Teara Morgenroth and Tyler Jeschke, and freshman Brianna Bolskar, who is slated to start the season at third base, Nichols said.
Hale has already lost five games to inclement weather and was hoping to open the season this week.
The Huskies are slated to welcome Sussex Hamilton at 4:30 p.m. today, play a doubleheader at Cudahy at 5 p.m. Friday and compete in the Racine Park Tournament Saturday.
Hale then faces a big game at 4:15 p.m. next Monday at Menomonee Falls.
The other three area teams, Whitnall, West Allis Central and Greenfield, were all hoping to get their seasons underway this week as well.
The Falcons, who return senior All-Suburban selection Lizzy Menden (.463 last season) and junior pitcher Carly Wagner from an 18-7 team, are slated to visit Pewaukee at 4:30 p.m. today and welcome St. Francis at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bulldogs, under new coach Joelle Curry, host Falls at 4:15 p.m. today and Wauwatosa East at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Greenfield, which is trying to bounce back from a rare losing season, will welcome Brown Deer to Konkel Park at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Pius XI at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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