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Lions only lose three seniors

June 20, 2014

When it came to team goals, New Berlin Eisenhower had four big ones, according to veteran coach Jeff Setz.

"Goal No. 1, we wanted our players to improve their individual skills in the field, at the plate and on the bases," he said, "while having some fun and enjoying being part of a team. I believe most players achieved this goal."

The Lions were the defending conference champions and wanted to keep their title, thus Goal No. 3.

"We were able to do this for the eighth consecutive year even though the overall competitiveness of the Woodland Conference was better this past year," he said.

The second toughest goal was Goal No. 3.

"We wanted to qualify for the state tournament in Madison," Setz said. "Our team was able to reach this goal because of some clutch hitting and some outstanding play on defense."

Ike beat New Berlin West (8-6) and Whitnall (7-5) to win the regional and St. Francis (10-3) and Waupun (4-3) to win the sectional.

They rallied to tie defending champion New London in the state semis on Lombardo's 2-run homer in the seventh, but lost it on three straight singles in the bottom of the seventh.

Finally, the one goal the Lions fell short on was the toughest — winning the state title like they did in 2008.

"We wanted to win the State Title for Division 2, but we came up short on this goal," he said.

Eisenhower finished 23-8, including a 13-4 record in the Woodland West Division.

Leading the way were juniors Steffi Lombardo and Katie Schlegel, who were were recently named first-team All-State, All-District, All- Conference and All-Woodland.

Lombardo was Woodland West Division Player of the Year, as she batted .547 with a .610 on base percentage and a 1.053 slugging mark with 45 runs scored, 10 homers and 49 RBIs.

Schlegel hit .465 with 47 runs, 13 homers and 47 RBIs, with a .546 on base percentage and a .990 slugging mark. She led the state in homers and had a school record seven straight games with a homer.

The Lion set a team record with 32 home runs this year, as seven different players hit home runs which is also a team record.

Ali Nowak and Riley Rossbach were named first-team All- Conference and Anthie Katris was second-team.

Nowak hit .517 .573 on base percentage with 34 runs scored and 27 RBIs. She keyed the Lions down the stretch when Setz moved her from the cleanup spot to the lead-off spot.

Rossbach batted .314 with 27 RBIs and Katris had 27 runs scored and a .352 on base percentage.

Schlegel was 17-2 with a 3.26 ERA with a 128 strikeouts in 116 innings and Lombardo was 6-6 with a 3.53 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.

Setz will be losing only three seniors — Katris, Cassie Majinski and Courtney Wenzel, so the Lions will be looking at their ninth straight title to go after again in 2015.

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