Four Resorters on All-CLC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

Central Lakeshore Conference champion Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah has a league-high four players on the 2015 All-CLC softball first team.

The Resorters who earned top honors are sophomore pitcher Holly Zorn, sophomore center fielder Claire Feldmann, sophomore shortstop Sonia Schubert and junior third baseman Rachael Flora. Schubert, one of only four unanimous firstteam picks in voting by the CLC coaches, was a second-team infielder last year.

The Resorters, who won their second straight CLC title (they shared the 2014 crown with Oostburg), have two second-team players in freshman catcher Aryka Klemme and sophomore outfielder Mandy McLaughlin.

Earning honorable mention for Elkhart is sophomore first baseman Raechel Grunewald.

The Howards Grove Tigers’ All- CLC selections include senior center fielder Sydney Handel and senior utility player Lyndsay Peterson on the second team and sophomore third baseman Paige Splittgerber, honorable mention. Peterson was honorable mention each of the previous two years.

RACHAEL FLORA RACHAEL FLORA “Rachael anchored that corner [third base] and wasn’t afraid to play up and take away the bunt. She is just game smart,” said Resorter head coach Brian Feldmann.

“Rachael was one of my captains and is a great leader. At the plate, she was solid batting clean-up. You could count on her for the big hit. I’m looking for great things from her next year.”

Flora had a sizzling .490 batting average with 15 RBIs, one home run, four three triples and four doubles in CLC play. She had an outstanding .745 slugging percentage and an excellent .527 on-base average. Flora scored 20 runs.

“Sonia anchored the middle of the field and was quick to the ball. Her knowledge of the game made her that player every coach wants,” observed coach Feldmann.

HOLLY ZORN HOLLY ZORN “At the plate, she had defenses on their heels. She could bunt or hit away, and when she got on base with her speed she was impossible to get out. Sonia was one of my captains and also a great leader.”

Schubert, the Resorters’ leadoff hitter, enjoyed an impressive conference season on offense. She hit .481 with 13 RBIs, four homers, two triples and six doubles. Schubert had an eye-popping .904 slugging percentage and an outstanding .542 onbase average.

She stole 17 bases without being caught and scored 26 runs.

“Holly started all but one game as a sophomore. She wasn’t overpowering but could hit corners and as the year went on her rise-ball and change-up were getting stronger,” coach Feldmann noted.

“And with her confidence she grew and didn’t get rattled. She also will only get stronger and smarter. Working hard in the off-season will be the key for her. She was also a captain.”

SONIA SCHUBERT SONIA SCHUBERT Zorn chalked up a 12-3 record and a 4.05 ERA in league action. She struck out 39 batters, walked 65 and allowed 111 hits in 95 innings.

“Claire was the rock and leader of a very young and talented group of outfielders,” said the coach.

“She will catch anything around her. She gets great jumps on fly balls and just knows where to go with the ball. She’s a great communicator.

“Claire batted second and was a great 1-2 punch with Sonia. Claire has great speed and will lay down that sacrifice bunt when needed, and has great power to the opposite field,” coach Feldmann pointed out.

Feldmann hit a strong .339 with 12 RBIs, three triples, one double and 22 runs. Her on-base average was .397 and she earned a .464 slugging percentage.

CLAIRE FELDMANN CLAIRE FELDMANN “Aryka stepped right in at the catcher spot with no hesitation. As the season went on she got stronger and wiser,” observed coach Feldmann.

“She has great softball smarts. She batted in the sixth spot with power and was very aggressive. She will only get better and stronger.”

Klemme hit well at .340 with nine RBIs, one home run, two triples, three doubles and 18 runs. She had a fine .456 on-base average and a .553 slugging percentage.

“Mandy played every game in left field for us this year. She was rock solid [on defense]. At the plate she improved throughout the season,” said the coach.

McLaughlin batted .302 with six RBIs and 11 runs.

“Raechel Grunewald was in her first year at first base. She played outfield last year. She got stronger as the year went on,” said the coach.

“She just knows the game. She is a great team player.”

Grunewald batted a hefty .352 with 13 RBIs, one double and 11 runs.

Peterson pitched nine games and also played first, shortstop and third in six other games.

“Lyndsay is my best infielder due to experience. She has an awesome attitude and would do anything needed to help the team,” said Tiger

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