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Hornets softball confident heading into 2009 season

Frazee infielder Jaclyn Mickelson makes a throw from second base last season. Frazee enters the season with experience at pitcher and catcher.

The Frazee Hornets' softball team is gearing up for the upcoming season that -- in their eyes -- should be a successful one.

Four seniors will lead a young Hornet team with their experience and overall skill.

"We have quality leadership with seniors that have put in their time," said head coach Dave Trautman. "They've all been around and they know what we expect."

Returning for the Hornets at catcher will be three-year starter Chelsea Nordquist.

The infield will have a fresh look, as Abby Berven returns at first base, along with Desi Gigstead, who returns to second base.

Berven, like Nordquist, is also a three-year starter and an expected leader on this young Frazee squad.

The outfield will have a completely new look with no returning starters.

Pitching for the Hornets will be anchored by newcomer Stephanie Montoya.

"Stephanie has had some experience in leagues none of our girls have seen," Trautman said of Montoya. "She will be able to really help our team with her experience and overall skill."

Hitting for the Hornets will feature the same individuals as the field does, with Gigstead, Montoya, Berven and Nordquist anchoring the lineup.

"We're strong where it's needed," Trautman added. "I'm hoping our pitching and seniors can carry us until our inexperience players can catch up."

The Hornets section looks to be up for any team to take as, according to Trautman.

All the teams have their standouts, but it's a very level playing field.

"We'll be in the mix all year long," said Trautman. "We're just excited to get outside and play."

The Hornets will open their season by hosting Section 8-2A rival Wadena/Deer Creek April 7.