The Bulldogs 12U Travel Softball team wrapped up a successful fall training season with 1 tournament win and a 5-3-1 record. Our Bulldogs played teams from Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, St. Charles, Yorkville, Kaneland and Romeoville and represented Batavia well, both on and off the field. The Bulldogs hosted a round robin tournament in Batavia at Memorial Park and won their own tournament beating Kaneland and Carol Stream.
There were many highlights from all of the players. Newcomer Gwen Shouse is the youngest member of the team, but appears to be making a real play for the leadoff spot with a .654 on base percentage. Her size and speed are a definite plus and helped her to score a team leading 12 runs in 9 games. Other on base percentage leaders were Avery Lundblad (.600) and Chloe Tratar (.571). The trio along with Katie Schroeder, combined to score just over 40% of the Bulldogs runs in the fall.
The Bulldogs also don't lack for extra base hit power, led by Katie Schroeder who had a .391 batting average, 15 RBI's and three extra base hits, including a home run. Other power hitters on the team include Bella Zagotta, Haydin Hampton, Molly Giesen, Elly Reynolds and Renee Randles who all combined for 7 doubles, 2 triples and 5 home runs.
But it's not just all about offense, our Bulldogs can play a little defense too, with fielding percentage leaders like Isabella Jonas, with a .875 fielding percentage and only two errors. Other defensive leaders include Katie Schroeder (.945) at catcher, Molly Giesen .(905) at shortstop.
Pitching was also solid in the fall. Led by pitching aces Sydney Schmitz and Meghan Suess with solid ERA's of 2.47 and 2.4 respectively on a combined 17 innings of work. The Bulldog pitching staff is rounded out by Avery Lundblad and Chloe Tratar who combined for 31 strikouts in just over 17 innings of work.
Despite a winning fall campaign, there is no rest for the Bulldogs as pitchers and catchers are currently starting winter workouts throughout November with the rest of the team joining in for hitting clinics and indoor winter practices starting in December. Head coach, Tony Schmitz said, "We are off to a good start, but we still have a lot of work to do over the winter to get prepared for the spring and summer season next year." Assistant Coach Chris Tratar added, "Our team has a ton of potential, Colin and I are looking forward to working with the girls over the winter to put them in the best position to succeed in the Spring."