Niagara Gazette — The Lancers finished 2-16 a year ago and will need to replace Fleckenstein, who led the team in hits and RBIs with a .419 average as a first-team All-NFLer. So they do have their work cut out for them.
Rhue and Waechter form the heart of the Lew-Port lineup that will attempt to rejuvenate an offense that finished last in the league last season.
Rhue will start at catcher and bat cleanup while Waechter mans centerfield and hits fifth.
Falkowski is Pitcher 1-A in a two-pronged pitching rotation. She is injured to start the season, but D’Anna hopes she’ll return quickly to compliment junior Vicki Waugaman, who leads the Lancers in hits and RBIs so far this season while starting each game from the circle.
The Lancers only have two seniors in the lineup and Waugaman is one of five juniors. Starting shortstop Bailey Stayner may be Lew-Port’s best returning player.
She was an All-NFL second-teamer as a freshman and earned an honorable mention for the Gazette’s All-Area team.
Because the team is so young, Stayner and fellow sophomore Sarah Kasbaum, who plays second base, have become the tenured veterans of the team in their second varsity seasons.
Juniors Emily Mansour and Emily Bartos are the only players with more than two years of varsity experience. They will start in right field and first base, respectively.
Unlike most teams, the Lancers have managed to squeeze four games into a soggy opening few weeks. They are 2-2, already matching their win total from a year ago.
D’Anna said the team should be 4-0, with a couple tough-luck losses. He knows there will be growing pains that come with the youth, but you can’t deny that history seems to be repeating itself for The Little Program That Could.