Resorters aiming for another strong season

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SONIA SCHUBERT, bunting for a single last season, heads the group of returning starters for the Elkhart Lake softball team this year. Schubert was the BEC’s Player of the Year in 2016. – Photo by Mike McGill SONIA SCHUBERT, bunting for a single last season, heads the group of returning starters for the Elkhart Lake softball team this year. Schubert was the BEC’s Player of the Year in 2016. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – With a strong nucleus returning from last year’s Division 4 regional championship team, the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters are eyeing another very successful season.

The Resorters have seven starters back among 12 letter winners. Elkhart finished 20-5 overall and took third place in the inaugural Big East Conference season with a 16-4 record.

Elkhart has two All-BEC first-team players back in senior shortstop Sonia Schubert and senior outfielder Claire Feldmann. Schubert was the league’s Player of the Year as she led the BEC in runs with 41 and stolen bases, 23, and tied for second in home runs with six. Schubert was fourth in batting with a sizzling .551 average.

Schubert led the Resorters in overall batting last season with an impressive .570 average, followed by Feldmann with a red-hot .483. Feldmann had a team-high 28 RBIs and Schubert tied for third with 26. Schubert, who will bat leadoff again this season, paced EL-G in homers with an outstanding six and runs, 52.

Elkhart’s other returning All-BEC selection is senior pitcher Holly Zorn who was a second-teamer in 2016. Zorn finished 11-3 with an excellent 2.78 ERA in conference play last year.

Elkhart junior Aryka Klemme, an All-BEC first-team at catcher last year, will not be able to play this season due to a knee injury sustained in basketball this year. Klemme hit .409 with 26 RBIs as a sophomore.

The other returning starters include senior outfielder Mandy McLaughlin, senior infielder Raechel Grunewald, junior outfi elder Maddie Schneider and junior pitcher/infielder Megan Waage. Waage posted an impressive 1.07 ERA last season.

“I’m looking forward to this season. With losing only two seniors I have very strong senior class with all-conference players on it,” said Brian Feldmann who enters his fifth season as the Resorters’ head coach.

“The season will be interesting. We lost a couple of girls [Klemme and Megan Flora] to knee injuries. We bring two strong pitchers [Zorn and Waage] back again – hoping they can have a stellar season as a duo,” said coach Feldmann.

Flora, a freshman on the 2016 squad, suffered a knee injury in volleyball last fall.

“We have couple of positions to fill with underclassmen. Getting them up to speed of the varsity game will be my goal.”

The coach pointed out the team’s other strengths.

“The strengths will be my seniors and how they lead,” he said.

“Claire Feldmann, Sonia Schubert, Holly Zorn, Mandy McLaughlin, Raechel Grunewald and Maddie Schneider all will play a big role in our success.”

Coach Feldmann said all of the underclassmen are working hard in practice.

He thinks the keys to success for the Resorters will be to stay healthy and work as a team.

“We’ll hit well. We don’t have the power we had last year. We have good speed and our running will be crucial,” the coach noted,

“We’ll small-ball [bunting and stealing] and use our experience. We’ll find a way to score runs.”

In addition to losing Klemme from the middle of the order last season, third baseman Rachael Flora and second baseman Emma Feldmann graduated. Feldmann was an All-BEC second-team pick in 2016 and hit .378. Rachael Flora batted .351 and was second on the EL-G team in RBIs with 27.

“Our defense looks good. We’re solid in the outfield. We have Sonia back at shortstop and she can cover a lot of ground,” said the coach.

“The conference looks tough again this year with four or five teams in contention. Random Lake will be tough. We’ll be up there.”

Random Lake won the league title last season with an 18-2 record and returns All- BEC first-team pitcher in junior Cathryn Hiller. Coach Feldmann thinks Mishicot, Reedsville, Manitowoc Lutheran, St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) and Cedar Grove-Belgium could also contend for first.

Mishicot finished second last year and returns All-BEC firstteam hurler Alyssa Ahumada, a senior.

“Our top goals are to battle every game, make a run for the conference [title] and go deep into postseason,” said the coach.

The Resorters edged Reedsville in a regional final, 6-5, last season. In the sectional semifi- nals, Elkhart lost to Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran, 7-6, in eight innings.

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