By Mike Ramczyk
Just because a team has high expectations doesn’t mean there won’t be setbacks – especially early in the season.
The Burlington High School softball team is experiencing this firsthand after its first two games this season.
After a whirlwind 2021 season that saw the Lady Demons get all the way to the WIAA state tournament, most starters are back and head coach Val Auseth fully expects to get back to the state’s highest level.
However, the Wisconsin spring has been a doozy weather-wise, and the Lady Demons have been outside to practice less than a handful of times.
Pitcher Morgan Klein is still searching for her groove, and the hitting just isn’t there yet.
Meanwhile, in their first two games, Burlington has been crushed by the big inning.
The Demons started the season 0-2 and they gave up a five-run inning last week against Kenosha Indian Trail in a season opener before allowing a seven-run second inning in Tuesday’s home opener against Union Grove.
The visiting Broncos out-hit the Demons, 11-4, and won 8-3 thanks to a seven-run inning that included a home run and chased the starter Klein.
Auseth says the team hasn’t had much time on an outdoor field due to rain and snow, but she’s confident things will get turned around quickly.
To read the full story see the April 14 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.