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Frenchtown softball team ready for season opener

Published On: Mar 31 2013 03:00:07 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Excellence has become a way of life for this softball program at Frenchtown high school, over the past decade the team has never finished lower than third at state, and of course they've got more than one state championship banner to show for it. But after losing nearly their entire starting lineup to graduation from last year the squad knows this season they have their work cut out for them.

"We definitely lost a lot of good players," said senior pitcher Abby Indreland. "We had a solid batting lineup we could hit the crap out of the ball throughout the lineup."

"I think we lost seven or eight seniors last year we've got four seniors with us this year were going to be for the most part a fairly new team" said head coach Eli Field.

Despite the lack of varsity experience on this years team, the newcomers say they're definitely ready for the challenge.

"A bunch of us play summer ball together so I feel like we have a better connection," said senior catcher Larissa Berg. "this year we are working more on running, last year we didn't run a lot but now were really working that into our practices getting us ready."

"We have a lot of players that are stepping up and filling spots and they are working hard every day at practice so I'm looking forward to see what they bring in games" said Indreland.

There's no question that leading the way this year for the Lady Broncs will be senior pitcher Abby Indreland, not only is this her fourth year as a starting varsity player, but you can bet it will also be her fourth straight all-state selection.

"She is unmatched over the last couple of years as far as her work ethic and how much it means to her so we will definitely rely on her to guide the way to start" said Field.

"I came in didn't really know what to expect when I was a freshman just did what I thought I needed to do and then last year and especially this year I need to be more of a leader because we do have a younger team and we lost a lot of leadership last year" said Indreland.

"She definitely makes us want to step up and be as good as her, being such a great pitcher all of us want to be better defensive players and for me since I'm going to be catching for her I really want to be in rhythm with her and I feel like I've been getting in better rhythm with her" said Berg.

With all the fresh faces to this years team the girls know that state championships aren't won in April so their focus is to get better every day and play their best softball by the end of the year.

"I don't think were really worried about anything else, anybody else, we just need to see how good can we be by the end of the year" said Field.

"Were definitely focusing on one game at a time especially those conference games, see where we go from there hopefully get into the state tournament and take it one game at a time" said Indreland.

Frenchtown's first game of the season wont be an easy one, they host the Lady Broncs of Hamilton on Tuesday night.