Parker softball looks for turnaround

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
— Parker High's softball team is off to a slow start, but coach Jenni Seisser thinks better days are ahead.

Parker is 0-3 through the first nonconference games, but the Vikings face Sun Prairie to open the Big Eight season Thursday, and it's a new season again.

"With the nonconference games, we are trying to see where some players fit," Seisser said. "We've had kids on a choir trip and spring break."

Parker will bank on 10 letter winners to improve on last spring's 4-19 record.

Senior pitcher Ashley Ross, a three-time letter winner and three-year starter, notched a 1.56 earned run average and a 1.31 WHIP (walks, hits per inning) last season. Ross posted 60 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Junior Erin Muehlenkamp went 1-8 with a 4.37 ERA backing up Ross. She finished the season with a 4.37 ERA, with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks.

"Both pitchers get the ball over the plate," Seisser said. "We have to work harder on hitting the corners and change that up a bit."

The Vikings committed 82 errors last season, which produced critical unearned runs.

"We have to tighten up in the field," Seisser said.

Junior Kayce Chesebro was Parker's top hitter with a .317 average. Ross had a team-leading 16 RBIs. Muehlenkamp had 14 hits. Senior co-captain Natalie McDonald led with 16 hits.

Junior Andrea Roeber had six hits in her first eight at-bats after a late-season call-up from the sophomore team to boost the Vikings through the last six games.

Junior Jensen Henke will handle the catching duties again. Henke played 23 games and held a .953 fielding percentage with 115 putouts and six errors.

Parker's outfield includes senior letter winners Rachel Hearn, a co-captain, Hayley Diehls and Chesebro and juniors Haley Hedgecock and Roeber.

Letter winners Karlee Fowler, Anna Athmann, Brianna Lemmer and McDonald play the infield along with McKena Myszewski.

The remaining Parker schedule:

April: 5—At Sun Prairie. 10—Craig, 4:30 p.m. 11—Verona. 12—At Madison La Follette. 17—Madison Memorial. 19—At Middleton. 21—At Beloit (DH), 10 a.m. 24—Madison East. 26—At Madison West.

May: 1—At Verona. 3—Sun Prairie. 8—At Craig, 4:30 p.m. 10—Madison La Follette. 15—At Madison Memorial. 17—Middleton. 22—At Madison East. 24—Madison West. 29-31—WIAA regionals.

June: 4-7—WIAA sectionals. 14-16—WIAA state tournament.

Last updated: 8:13 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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