The Shorewood and Brown Deer girls softball teams are both young and building programs and each showed signs of development in the Greyhounds' April 7 victory on the Falcons' field.
'This is going to be an interesting year for us,' said Shorewood coach Dave Berghaus. 'We have a good nucleus of players who are dedicated and who can play multiple positions. They take a real pride in their performance.'
Meanwhile, Falcon coach Jeff Bersch is looking to the future. He has only 17 players out all told, and the program is only running one team, but he likes what he sees in the youth ranks.
'We started it about two-three years ago and we have 16 kids in the U-14 program and 20 in the U-12,' he said, 'and they'll be playing this summer. And the kids we do have on varsity are more prepared than any other group I've had in quite some time. We're starting five freshmen right now.'
Shorewood, which also split a doubleheader with Nicolet on Saturday (14-2, 6-12) will be led by junior second-team All-Woodland Conference infield selection Addie Prochnow, while other returnees include senior first baseman Celia Carroll (HM all-conference), sophomore utility player Meredith Behm, senior outfielder Lindsay Borkin and senior second baseman Quincey Rice.
Both Borkin and Rice are three-year varsity players.
The Greyhounds were 10-14 last season and will wear their hitting shows often, said Berghaus.
'We're going to put the bat on the ball,' he said, 'and our pitchers are going to throw to contact and let our fielders' field it.' Both Prochnow and Carroll have seven hits in 11 at-bats through the first three games while the Greyhounds committed only two errors in their first three games.
Behm got the win in relief of Prochnow while Carroll had three hits and four RBI while Prochnow had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Behm and Borkin had two hits apiece.
For Bersch, he has just two seniors on his roster in second baseman Sophia Ander-Cato and first baseman Stephanie Roberts, but the real star will be sophomore infielder/pitcher Nicole Bublitz who had a home run and four RBI in the loss to Shorewood.
'I think she's one of the best players in the area,' said Bersch.
She will also get help from junior outfielder Haley Crenshaw, who had two hits and two runs scored in the loss to the Greyhounds. All told, there are seven freshmen on the Falcon roster.
Brown Deer will host St. Francis on Thursday and will visit Whitnall on Friday in a pair of 4:15 p.m. Woodland Conference games.
Shorewood will be at New Berlin West on Thursday and will be at South Milwaukee on Friday, also with both games at 4:15 p.m.