LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Central softball team was supposed to open the season Thursday against Logan.
Instead, like so many other teams, they practiced indoors.
The reigning MVC champs return one of the top pitchers in the state, Topanga Skiles, and two of the fastest players in the Coulee Region: twins Brooke and Brittany Baldwin.
The Baldwins were stars on Central's basketball team and were each named first team-All Conference in softball last season. This year, Brooke is moving from second base to right field, where she'll be next to her sister Brittany in center. Safe to say, communication won't be an issue between them.
"It is a little bit of chemistry," said Central Head Coach Kevin Colburn. "I've always worried about them running into each other because they both have good speed, but they both kind of understand who has the ball and they've been really good with that this year."19741844
"If one of us calls it, I think the other one will back off, so I think it will be good communication with both of us," Brooke said.
Whenever Central finally hits the field, it will be almost a year to the day since Molly Wichelt underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. The Red Raiders' starting short stop tore it playing basketball last year and missed softball season. Now, after nearly 12 months of rehab, she says she can't wait to play.
"It's tested me a lot. It's shown me how strong I actually am, how far I actually have to dig deep to reach goals. My goal was to get back to play senior year and I did it," Wichelt said.
Central is scheduled to play Onalaska April 15, one of four games scheduled next week.