SFHS softball squad gains valuable experience

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


THE 2015 SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL softball team members include (front row, left to right) McKenna Mauer, Taylor Peterson, Amanda Senglaub, Kaitlyn Hoffman, Allison Berger, Brittny Thackray, Breanna Hausler; (back row) Bailee Liebe, manager Jacob Barthels, Katy Posewitz, coach Brian Beeck, Autumn Horn, Coach Shane Zephirin, Taylor Petrie, manager Eric Bosch, Jessica Riley. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman THE 2015 SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL softball team members include (front row, left to right) McKenna Mauer, Taylor Peterson, Amanda Senglaub, Kaitlyn Hoffman, Allison Berger, Brittny Thackray, Breanna Hausler; (back row) Bailee Liebe, manager Jacob Barthels, Katy Posewitz, coach Brian Beeck, Autumn Horn, Coach Shane Zephirin, Taylor Petrie, manager Eric Bosch, Jessica Riley. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman After losing six players to graduation last year, a young Sheboygan Falls High School softball team gained critical experience during the 2015 season.

The Falls squad finished the season in seventh place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference at 3-11 (8-17 overall).

The Falcons were 5-5 against non-conference teams and defeated Plymouth for the first time under the direction of sixthyear head coach Brian Beeck.

Falls went 3-0 at the Sheboygan North Tournament for the second straight year.

Plymouth defeated the Falcons in the WIAA regional semifinal playoffs.

With three freshman starters, the Falcons relied on youth to build a promising foundation throughout the 2015 season.

Seniors Taylor Petrie, Bailee Liebe and Kaitlynn Hoffman provided leadership for a young team.

“I felt we would have a strong team with some key positions returning,” said Beeck. “The EWC continues to be tough with teams like Waupun going to state and Kewaskum and Campbellsport going deep in postseason.”

Falls junior pitcher Autumn Horn pitched every game and was selected to the EWC second team.

Horn posted an 8-17 record with 159 strikeouts (2nd EWC) and a 4.01 ERA.

Petrie led the team in batting with a .408 batting average and was named a second team All- EWC catcher.

Petrie hit 24-for-76 with 24 runs scored and 10 runs batted in.

Horn was second with a .391 batting average with three home runs and 18 runs batted in. Junior Jessica Riley batted .302.

Beeck pointed out that while he is sorry to see the EWC break up next season, he looks forward to the challenge of four new teams that may provide for a more balanced schedule for the Falcons.

“I’m excited about the potential of our four freshmen, Allison Berger, Brianna Hausler, Amanda Senglaub and McKenna Mauer, along with returning starters Horn and Riley,” Beeck stated. “Brittney Thackray and Taylor Peterson also continue to improve, so we should be right there.”

Berger, Hausler, Mauer, Thackray, Senglaub and Peterson received first year letters, while Horn, Riley, Liebe and Hoffman were awarded second year letters.

Petrie and manager Jacob Barthels were four-year letter winners.

Petrie earned the Gary Lorenz Memorial Award and was the team’s offensive player of the year.

Horn was named the defensive player of the year and rookie of the year honors went to Berger.

Coaches awards were given to Hausler, Peterson and Riley.

The Falcons’ most improved player was Senglaub and the team’s co-MVPs were Horn and Petrie.


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