New Berlin West girls softball had up-and-down year
Vikings to lose seven seniors to graduation
Coach Greg Klotz saw his New Berlin West team put together a 15-9 overall record and a second-place mark of 11-5 in the Woodland West.
"It was a season of missed opportunities," Klotz said. "We would win big games and lose in late innings to teams we should have beaten. We were in control of the conference championship, but did not come out to play Greendale and then lost to Pius after beating Eisenhower. A 3-1 loss to Greenfield early on (allowing all unearned runs) was another game that proved costly as we finished one game out of the championship."
Klotz called it a season of ups and downs, as the Vikings beat Eisenhower twice in conference, but played sloppy when it counted in the regional and lost 8-6.
"We had a couple of dominating stretches but also lost big," he said. "We just were not consistent and we did not learn quick enough from our mistakes and to come back strong after down games. We struggled holding the lead late in three of our losses. However, there was a lot of growth and there are things to be excited about."
West had several players earn all-conference honors on some level and also scholar-athlete honors.
The Vikings will lose seven seniors to graduation.
Erin Arnas was a two-year starter in the outfield, all-conference honorable mention, Woodland scholar-athlete and team captain. Hannah Buth was a three-year starter in the outfield and third base and an all-conference honorable mention infielder this year.
Hannah Just was a three-year starter at catcher, second-team all-conference and a scholar-athlete. Mallory Klotz was a four-year starter at shortstop, a first-team all-conference and first-team all Woodland infielder, a scholar-athlete and a three-time captain.
Cara Mauermann was a two-year varsity player. Kailey Nealon was a three-year starter in the outfield and second base, second-team all-conference in the infield. Jenna Szalewski was a two-year varsity player, a scholar-athlete, an all-Woodland scholar-athlete with the team GPA on the Vikings.
Juniors include Karissa Harenda, a first-team all-conference pitcher and a scholar athlete; Nicole Philipps, a Woodland scholar-athlete; and Carley Eifert.
Four sophomores were scholar-athletes — Riley Farrell, Hannah Giammarco, Leah Marrari and Abbey Stolenberg — as were two freshmen — Monica Laurerman and Maddie Minik.
The Vikings had a 16-girl roster, the biggest team they ever put together, and this created limited playing time and starts for many players.
"But they gained valuable experience for the future," Klotz said. "We had a few seniors that it was extremely important for our younger players to watch practice and play on a day-to-day basis. Our underclassman and the program will benefit for years to come from the contributions of some of this year's seniors and what they taught our younger players."
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