Veteran infield, pitching lead Bulldog softball team

   MONONA — A pair of pitchers with varsity experience and an experienced infield lead the MFL MarMac High School softball team into its abbreviated 2020 season.

   Coach Jerald Kleve will look to replace five senior starters, four of who received all-conference honors, from a team that went 14-16 overall and 9-7 in Upper Iowa Conference play.

   “We lost five seniors, that was a lot of offense, but we do have a lot of kids that played (last year),” Kleve said. “I think we’ll be just fine.”

   The coach said his kids have picked up things quickly since only learning in late May that they would have a season. He said it took a few days to get used to the new normal created by COVID-19, which includes sanitizing equipment after every drill and social distancing whenever possible.

   “The kids the first couple of days wanted to congregate because they hadn’t see each other in months, but they’re starting to get it,” he said.

   Returning first-team all-conference pick Jordan Schubert leads Bulldog returnees, though the senior will see a much different role this year.


For more of this story see the June 10 Outlook.