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10 Letterwinners Back For Archbold Softball

Andrea Thiel starts her third season at the helm of the Archbold softball program with ten returning letterwinners.

Last year’s squad finished 13-10, 4-3 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. The Streaks lost in the sectional finals to Elmwood, 15-14.

Three seniors return: Gabby Nafziger (outfield, .375 batting average, First Team All-NWOAL, Honorable Mention All-District; Faith Wyse (first base, .274 BA, Honorable Mention All- NWOAL); and Andee Grime (pitcher, 5.705 earned run average).

Returning juniors are Madison Roth (third base, .319 BA); Alexa Wilson (third base, designated player, .206 BA); Chloe Schramm (second base/catcher/pitcher, .333 BA, Honorable Mention All-NWOAL); and Bralynn Blanton (pitcher/first base, .348 BA, 2.10 ERA).

Sophomores back are Kylie Sauder (shortstop, .360 BA, Second Team All-NWOAL); Grace Mayer (outfield, .273 BA); and Alyssa McCoy (catcher/outfield, .304 BA).

Promising newcomers include juniors Jadyn Fenstermaker and Cassidy Baden, and freshmen Reagan Kohler and Emma Hall.

“Our goal is to be playing our best softball of the year as we approach tournament time,” said Thiel. “We will have a very challenging non-league schedule, which will help us prepare for our NWOAL contests.

“It is going to take some time for us to fit all of the pieces together and to adapt to the new roles that some of our newcomers are being asked to fill.

“Our goal is to battle for the NWOAL title and make a nice tournament run.

“It will take a group of young ladies that can maintain a strong focus through the ups and downs that come along the way, and who are committed and determined to work together for that to happen.”

Lost to graduation were Kaitlyn Beck, Melayna Stuckey, Leslie Simon, Amanda Payne, Lacie Henry, and Kaitlynne Wood.

“There will be some great competition in the NWOAL again this year as we attempt to bring a league title back to Archbold,” said Thiel.

“Several league teams return key players that will make each and every league opponent a tough test.

“I believe that there could be several teams fighting for the right to call themselves NWOAL champs at the end of the season, with Wauseon being at the top of that list.”

Assisting with coaching duties are Greg Kuhlman and Justine Johnston.

The Streaks are scheduled to open their season Monday, March 25, at home against Liberty-Benton.

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