Experienced Resorters have bright outlook

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


CIARA HASSINGER, shown hitting a single in the sectional softball finals last year versus Wausaukee, is one of the returning starters for the Elkhart Lake Resorters. – Review file photo CIARA HASSINGER, shown hitting a single in the sectional softball finals last year versus Wausaukee, is one of the returning starters for the Elkhart Lake Resorters. – Review file photo ELKHART LAKE – Head coach Brian Feldmann is very optimistic about the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters’ 2018 softball season.

The Resorters are coming off a terrific 2017 campaign which saw them win their second straight regional title and reach a sectional final for the first time in the program’s history. Elkhart lost to Wausaukee in a Division 5 sectional final, 7-5.

Elkhart finished third in the Big East Conference with a 14-6 record and posted an 18-7 overall mark.

“I’m just looking forward to having a great year with these student athletes,” said Feldmann who is starting his sixth season at the helm.

“We lost five seniors from last year. We have some holes to fill but I’m confident that the girls will compete.”


HANNAH DONHAUSER, shown snagging a liner against Mishicot last season, is a key hitter returning this year for the Elkhart Lake softball team. – Photo by Mike McGill HANNAH DONHAUSER, shown snagging a liner against Mishicot last season, is a key hitter returning this year for the Elkhart Lake softball team. – Photo by Mike McGill The five seniors who graduated were All-BEC players last season, led by shortstop Sonia Schubert and center fielder Claire Feldmann who were on the first team.

Elkhart returns five starters among eight letter winners from last season. The starters back are senior outfielder Maddie Schneider, senior pitcher/ infielder Megan Waage, junior catcher Ciara Hassinger, junior infielder/outfielder Kaylin Kalbacken and sophomore infielder Hannah Donhauser.

Donhauser was the Resorters’ third-leading hitter in 2017 with a .385 average. Schneider ranked third in RBIs with 22. Waage was Elkhart’s No. 2 starter last year and posted an 8-4 record with a 3.44 ERA.

The team got a big boost with the return of senior Aryka Klemme and junior Megan Flora who missed all of last season because of knee injuries. Klemme was an All-BEC firstteam catcher in 2016 when she hit an impressive .452 in league play. Klemme is an infielder and Flora is an infielder and pitcher this season.

Feldmann said the senior leadership is the top strength on the team. His main concern is getting the young players up to the speed of high school softball. Elkhart has three sophomores and three freshmen on its 13-player roster.

“All the freshmen know the game of softball and all are impressive,” said the coach.

“Overall, we have good depth and experience. Just playing as a team will be our key.”

Feldmann said the keys for the team to have success are hitting and playing great defense.

“My top goal is just to get better throughout the year,” he said.

Feldmann looks at Random Lake as the top BEC title contender.

“Random Lake will be good. They have solid pitching,” he said.

Feldmann said after Random Lake it’s a toss-up as far as the conference race.

Random Lake is the defending BEC champion and was 20-0 in league play last season. The Rams return senior pitcher Cathryn Hiller who was the BEC Player of the Year in 2017.

Hiller was a unanimous All- BEC first-team pick last season. She led the league in ERA with an outstanding 0.87 in BEC action and recorded a league-high 128 strikeouts in only 89 innings.


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