Sporting WCA

Softball Cats Take Home Opener

The Wildcats started off their season Wednesday with a 9-6 win at home over non-conference foe Lutheran High School.

The Wildcats extremely young team rattled the bats throughout the game. The first hit of the season came from Junior Deanne Pfyl and the hits just kept coming.

“The offense was really good, we came out and got hits which helped us close out the win,” said sophomore third baseman Katelyn Graham.

The Cats took the lead in the fourth and never looked back, thanks in no small part to Reese Earleywine, freshman second baseman. She had a stellar debut with some smooth plays at second and a very nice day at the plate having turned in a multi-hit game with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.

“Reese had a great first start as a freshman. She gave it her all and played a stellar game,” quipped Graham.
Dani Mabry, sophomore pitcher, also had a tremendous game as she threw a complete game and only allowed 7 hits.

“Dani had a stellar game. She was able to go all 7 innings which was very important,” said head coach Mr. Petke.

The youth of Westminster’s team shows promise with hope for a bright future. The team featured a freshman starting at second, a sophomore pitcher, a sophomore third baseman, and juniors at first, short, and in both outfield corners. They even featured a first year coach in Mr. Petke, Freshman history teacher.

“The underclassmen really stepped up yesterday. Their lack of expertise was a non-issue and we really depended on those young players” said Petke.

While it is Petke’s first year in softball, it is not his first on a diamond as he has coached baseball at WCA for the past 3 seasons.