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Softball: Middle Park concludes rebuilding season

by Will Bublitz

After a bruising series of games this fall, Middle Park High School’s girls softball team has ended its 2007 season.

The Panther girls played their final game Thursday, Oct. 4, against Faith Christian’s Eagles. Middle Park fell 14-1 in the game at Denver.

“We played well against one of the toughest teams in our league,” coach Jessica Yessen said. “Faith Christian has the best pitcher in the league, and to actually get a run off her was pretty cool. That showed how much we’ve improved as individual players and as a team this season.”

The Panthers’ Hannah Davidson got a single in the first inning but was left stranded.

It was not until the fourth and final inning that Middle Park scored. Kelsey Peterson led off with a triple and then was driven in to score by a singled batted by freshman Katie Mattfield.

The Eagles’ scoring began with three runs in the first inning. They earned four more in the third and then polished it off in the third with seven runs.

Jes Thamann pitched all four innings.

“Jes did a great job pitching,” Yessen said. Kelsey’s triple and run in the fourth off Katie’s single were high points for us.”

The 2007 season was a rebuilding year for Middle Park High’s softball team after it graduated several top players last spring.

“I think we came together as a team by the end of the season,” Yessen said. “We proved that we could play some of the toughest teams and score some runs.”

One of the main things that the team has been struggling to develop this year is a new pitching staff. For the past couple years, the team had relied almost exclusively on one pitcher who graduated last spring.

“Next season, we expect to have two, maybe three pitchers back who we’ve been developing this season,” Yessen said. “I think we’ll definitely be a more competitive team in 2008.”

With the end of its 2007 season, the Panthers are saying goodbye to its seniors who will graduate next spring ” Jes Thamann, Kelsey Peterson, Amanda Lange and Heather Schraeder (manager).

“I want to thank these upperclassmen who showed such leadership this season,” Yessen said. “They set the example for our younger players.”

With the end of the season, Middle Park’s softball team wants to express thanks to all the fans and parents who attended their games and gave them support.


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