Experienced Resorters have bright outlook

Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


RACHAEL FLORA, Elkhart Lake third baseman shown tagging out Howards Grove’s Sarah Gardner last season, is one of the key returning players for the Resorter softball team this season. — Photo by Mike McGill RACHAEL FLORA, Elkhart Lake third baseman shown tagging out Howards Grove’s Sarah Gardner last season, is one of the key returning players for the Resorter softball team this season. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – The outlook for another strong softball season is bright for the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Resorters who return all of their starters from last year’s team which was the Central Lakeshore Conference co-champion.

Heading the group of starters are four players who earned All- CLC first-team honors in 2015 – junior pitcher Holly Zorn, junior shortstop Sonia Schubert, junior third baseman Rachael Flora and junior outfielder Claire Feldmann. Schubert hit an impressive .481 with four home runs in CLC action last season. Flora batted a sizzling .490 with one homer. Feldmann hit .339.

Zorn chalked up a 12-3 record with a 4.05 ERA.

The other starters back are senior Emma Feldmann (infielder), juniors Mandy McLaughlin (outfielder) and Raechel Grunewald (infielder) and sophomores Maddie Schneider (outfielder) and Aryka Klemme (catcher-infielder). Klemme and McLaughlin were on the All-CLC second team and Grunewald was honorable mention last season.

“Our outlook is good with 13 returning letter winners. With everybody back we have depth and experience,” said Brian Feldmann, in his fourth year as the Resorter head coach.

The Resorters finished 12-3 in the CLC, which tied for first with Random Lake, and 13-7 overall. Elkhart is competing in the new Big East Conference this year. Elkhart lost to Oakfield in the Diby vision 4 regional finals.

Coach Feldmann said team chemistry and depth are the team’s strengths. He said staying focused and not being overconfident will be keys for the Resorters this season.

“Overall, the hitting has improved with weight room work and experience,” he said.

“The pitching is solid with Zorn in her third year. Zorn is steady with multiple pitches this year.

“Zorn is our No. 1 pitcher. As a junior she will see a lot of innings. She worked hard in the weight room this winter and has developed multiple pitches.

“Megan Waage [sophomore pitcher] is ready to go [with] a lot of off-season work for her. Freshman Megan Flora [pitcher] looks good. Flora just needs the reps but is a hard worker,” said the coach.

“The defense I think will be solid with everybody back. We just have to stay mentally strong.”

Elkhart has six freshmen on the roster and the coach thinks they will fit in well.

The coach feels the conference race is up in the air going into the season. He said Random Lake looks good.

His top goals are to win the BEC title and make a run for state.


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