Season Preview

As the Cavaliers softball program is coming off of a shortened season due to COVID-19. the team is looking to make their mark on the 2021 season with seven sophomores and 13 freshmen. With pitching, hitting, speed, and defense, they expect to be a strong contender for their 22nd consecutive NJCAA DII Region Championship and another trip to the national tournament.

The Cavaliers will depend on the strong play and leadership of the seven returning sophomore starters from last year's squad. The consistency of hitting and defense from the infield will be anchored by Kenna Kleinert at 2B, Lanie Malone at SS, and Kayden Mines at 1B. The very speedy outfield will consist of McKenna Goldtrap in CF, Jenna Raines in RF and Makenna Wessels in LF. Alexis Britton (C) will help mold the young pitching staff. 

The incoming freshmen are pitchers Anne Krull (Mazon), Teagen Schmalfeldt (Burlington, Wis.) and Katie Lorscheider (Norridge); catchers Kara Kleinert (St Anne), Jaileene Gonzalez (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and Maci Romero (Ashkum); infielders Claudia Morris (Mazon), Grace Langellier (St Anne), Corri Sims (Kankakee) and Chloe May (Booneville, Ind.); and outfielders Sandie Opiela (Houston, Texas), Emma Budde (Effingham) and Jakki Mowrey (Milford).

With dependable hitting, power and speed, as well as some young top pitching, the Cavaliers expect to compete in a tough Region IV.
 

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