Pitching will be a bit of an issue for the returning North Shore Conference champion Germantown girls softball team this year.
The Warhawks opened the season with a tough 9-0 loss to Arrowhead on March 28 but returning senior pitcher Amanda Williams will likely spend more time at second base this season leaving the pitching duties largely in the hands of freshman Gia Szada.
Szada is the younger sister of senior returning Now All-Suburban outfielder Carly Szada.
"Gia's a little wide-eyed yet," said veteran coach," said Kurt Raguse, "but that's understandable. She was slated to be a back-up. She's changing speeds well and everything is working for her, but she just has a few problems to clear up."
The Warhawks were slated to have three games this week but iffy weather may greatly limit that schedule. A highlight will be hosting area rival Menomonee Falls at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Kennedy Middle School.
Meanwhile, Germantown will work around about five returnees from a team that went 20-9 last season, won a North Shore Conference title and eventually made the WIAA sectional finals.
Carly Szada, who hit .543 in North Shore play last season, will lead the returnees who also include junior catcher Ellie Decker, Williams at second, senior third baseman Maddie Yont, and outfielder Kailee Garstecki.
New starters include a split-shift effort at first base, including junior Sam Oswald and senior Alissa Koenke, junior Alison Knop at second base, and sophomore Hannah Lalk in the outfield.
"There's talent here," said Raguse. "We should be good on defense and we should hit a little bit. We're just not sure about the pitching just yet, but we'll work on that. The key for us will be how well the new kids work with the returnees."
In the loss to Arrowhead, many things went wrong, including a combined five walks by Williams and Gia Szada, three errors and only two hits against Arrowhead pitcher Mimi Bradley.
"We were rude to ourselves," said Raguse.