Baldwin (WQOW) -- Baldwin-Woodville was impressive in winning a WIAA Division 2 state softball title last June, and the Blackhawks return all but three players from that team.
"It puts high expectations on us coming into the season," says Baldwin-Woodville senior outfielder Katie Thompson, "it was hard work, right away. No slacking off, nothing like that, it was about getting right to it."
"We talked about having a target on our back and everyone come right after us," says Blackhawks head coach Rick Coltrain, "we have to perform even better than we did last year. The girls had a good offseason, they worked the offseason really well. They're excited and I'm excited to see how they come back."
Baldwin-Woodville returns junior pitcher Abby Klopp, who recorded 11 strikeouts in the Division 2 state championship game.
Klopp says she enjoys being in the center of the action.
"I always wanted to be in the play," says Klopp, "and I felt like a pitcher or a catcher is always in the play no matter what, every single pitch. So I guess that's why it drew me to that. I like the pressure as a pitcher. I like pressure in anything I do. It kind of makes you a better person and a better player."
Klopp can throw hard, but she can also keep hitters guessing.
"Right now I currently have six pitches," Klopp says, "I have a screw, a curve, a drop, a rise, a changeup and a fastball."
Not only does Klopp have a complete arsenal of pitches, she also spends a lot of time preparing for her opponents.
"I go through a list in my head if we've played the team before of the batters," Klopp says, "how they are and how they stand in the box and what pitches to throw them."
Despite all the success Klopp has had in her freshman and sophomore seasons, she says she's still motivated to get better.
"I'd like to get fewer walks each season and fewer runs let in," Klopp says, "and throw more pitches, experiment with new ones."
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