Winning 2013 district title major goal for Oakville High School softball team

Oakville softball team ready for the start of 2013 season

Oakville High School head coach Rich Sturm says members of his softball team have high expectations for the 2013 season.

Oakville High School head coach Rich Sturm says members of his softball team have high expectations for the 2013 season.

By Robert Chalupny

Members of the Oakville Senior High School softball team have high expectations for the 2013 season.

The Tigers were so close last year, coming off a commanding 20-4 season, but falling just short of its almost signature district title.

For 2013, head coach Rich Sturm believes his players know what they want and they are ready to go after it.

“Well, we have high expectations. We return a lot of starters, a lot of kids with a lot of varsity experience,” he told the Call. “We always like to set our goals high. I would say first and foremost for this group that’s a major goal, to try and win a district title.”

One returning player who knows what it feels like to make it all the way is Adrianna Wegmann, the last remaining member of the 2010 state championship team.

Also returning from last season are pitchers Jordan Michalski and Alex Frenz, along with Katie Reed, Megan Allen, Sadie Auer and Katie Schmitt.

Sturm cited experience and determination as some of his squad’s strengths.

“Jordan and Alex are both quality pitchers, so I think it starts there. I think our infield defense should be very good and we’ve got some girls that can run it down in the outfield,” he said. “We’ll be able to score some runs, but I think pitching and defense is generally what wins you the big games and that’s going to be key. “They’ve all worked hard. I don’t question their heart,” Sturm continued. “I don’t question their determination. I know these kids will do everything they can between now and October that they’ll have themselves fully ready to go.”

The Oakville coach said he’s excited to have the opportunity to coach such a great group of athletes.

“We got a good group of kids. They’re not just good softball players, they’re excellent kids to work with and we’re just looking forward to the season,” he said.