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Seisser takes over Parker softball

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JOHN N. BARRY
March 28, 2009

There be a new look this season for the Janesville Parker High softball team.


The Vikings, under first-year coach Jenni Seisser, will make their debut Thursday in the Big Eight Conference opener at Beloit Memorial.


Parker finished 6-10 in the conference a year ago, and Seisser said the focus this season will be to build on the future.


“I think my job as the coach is to put the best team on the field that I can, regardless of what grade a certain player might be in,” Seisser said. “And that’s why I believe we’ll be competitive despite our youth.


“We have the talent, it’s just a matter of putting everything together.”


There are only three seniors on the team, so Seisser will be forced to depend on a number of underclassmen.


Seniors Heather Loterbauer and Paige Muehlenkamp will start in the infield, possibly at second and third, while senior Ashley Albright will likely open at designated hitter.


“Right now, I’m looking for strong leadership from my three seniors, both on and off the field,” Seisser said. “It’s important that the team’s cohesiveness develops quickly, and that needs to start with the three seniors.”


Sophomore Maggie Tracey and freshman Ashley Ross are battling it out to see who will emerge as the No. 1 pitcher. Tracey has the edge right now thanks to a limited number of innings a year ago. Ross has the mechanics and speed to be effective at the varsity level, according to Seisser, but needs experience.


Junior Kassy Hendricks and sophomore Leah Champion can also pitch, but will likely be used in a utility roles to start the season.


Junior Danielle Garber will start at catcher, while junior Erin Jensen will be the backup.


Sophomores Jackie Ludois and Lauren Brooks, along with junior Katie Brossard, are expected to start in the outfield. Junior Alex McNichols can also play anywhere in outfield, and sophomore Melissa Sanchez provides insurance on the infield,


“One of the good things about this team is that all the players are capable of playing a variety of positions,” Seisser said. “That gives me some flexibility when it comes to filling out the lineup card.


“One of the key areas for us will be focusing on our communication and mental preparation on the field. If we stay focused on what we’re doing, we can improve on last year’s record and finish higher in the conference.”


Parker’s schedule, with all home games at Dawson Ball Field.


(4:30 p.m. unless indicated)


APRIL: 2—At Beloit Memorial; 4—Milton and Fort Atkinson (TBA); 7—At Madison East; 9—Madison West; 13—At Verona; 15—Sun Prairie; 17—At Janesville Craig; 21—Madison La Follette; 23—At Madison Memorial; 25—Middleton (doubleheader), 10 a.m.; 28—Beloit Memorial; 30—Madison East.


MAY: 2—At Wilmot Quadrangular, 10 a.m.; 5—At Madison West, 4 p.m.; 8—Verona, 4 p.m.; 12—At Sun Prairie, 4 p.m.; 15—Janesville Craig, 4 p.m.; 19—At Madison La Follette, 4 p.m.; 21—Madison Memorial, 4 p.m.



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