After winning the Bay Conference and earning a trip to State last year, the Hortonville girls’ varsity softball team is ready to begin another exciting season in the Fox Valley Association.
Five returning seniors will lead this year’s team, including junior pitcher Sammi Sullivan, who earned First Team All-Bay Conference honors and Bay Conference Player of the Year honors last year.
Fellow junior infielder Jordyn Brennan earned First Team All-Bay Conference honors last year as well, and juniors Ally Fox and Lexy Campshure both earned Second Team All-Bay Conference recognition last year.
Taylor Allen is the lone senior returning letter winner.
Other varsity candidates include seniors Megan Hart and Olivia Baehman, as well as juniors Megan Schaenzer and Randi Morack. Sophomores Whitney Baumann and Sabrina Fromhart will compete for playing time, while freshmen Mikaela Gerhartz and Cali Schmidt are also expected to contribute.
The Polar Bears lost Katie Uhlenbrauck, Caitlin Hoerning, Amanda Van Handel, Kenzie Kalwitz, Heidi Huebner, and Alexis Kringel to graduation last spring.
Co-Head Coaches Bob Pethke and Jeff Lebeck are hoping this year’s team can replicate the success the team enjoyed last year while compiling a 23-5 overall record.
“We have several holes to fill from last year’s team including shortstop, catcher, first base and center field,” said Lebeck. “We bring back a very good nucleus of girls that played a lot of innings, along with our pitcher, Sammi Sullivan, who was the player of the year in the Bay last year. We are looking to have a very competitive team this year.
“Going to the Fox Valley Association this year is going to be a great change for us,” continued Lebeck. “The FVA has some very good teams and we are looking forward to the challenge, night-in and night-out. Kimberly and Kaukauna are the teams to beat, as Kimberly is returning everyone from their Division 1 State Championship team and Kaukauna won the FVA last year and returns a lot of their players also. We are going into the season looking to compete with these teams and see what happens.”