Dont count the Falcons out in TVC softball
La Salle Prep has experience and talent
La Salle Prep softball coach Walt Stockfleth has Tri-Valley Conference softball teams on notice that anyone that overlooks his Falcons this spring will likely be in for a rude awakening.
I think Gladstone is the favorite [in the Tri-Valley Conference], Stockfleth said. They have two pitchers that are really good and so far they are 11-0. Madras was league co-champ with Gladstone last year and Madras is always tough. But I think we have a chance to win league too. We played Gladstone and Madras tough last year. Weve got almost everybody back and weve gotten better....
Our pitcher, Loryn Williams was first-team all-league last year and shes better. Our hitting is better and our defense is better. Weve got depth in the outfield, which we didnt have last year.
Playing a tough, tough preseason schedule that included four 5A schools and Class 6A McNary, the Falcons have gone 4-2 in preseason.
Stockfleth noted that Williams threw a no-hitter in an 11-0 win over Class 5A Summit, striking out five and walking no one. And the Falcon sophomore right-hander threw a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over Class 5A Ashland, striking out 11 and walking one.
The Falcons have also beaten Bend, a top-10 team in Class 5A, 5-3; and Scappoose 1-0.
Loryn had 18 strikeouts in our first two games with Cleveland and Scappoose, Stockfleth observed.
Senior third baseman Ellie Mulvaney, a four-year starter, already has three home runs. She hit a grandslam in a March 19 game with Seaside that was called after 3-1/2 innings.
The Falcons return senior Beka Leone, another four-year starter, behind the plate.
Junior Sydney Chvilicek, who played third base and did some catching last year, moves over to first base, where she replaces graduate Annie Dulwick.
Senior Paige Bell returns to start at second base and sophomore Makenzie Cook returns to start at shortstop.
In the outfield, its junior Claire Allen and freshman Nicole Schreiber in left field; freshman left-hander Averi Johnson in center; and junior Katie Alias and sophomore Shannon Stockfleth in right field. Alias is a returning starter; Stockfleth, the coachs daughter, is a transfer from Barlow.
Assisting Stockfleth in coaching the team this year are his daughter Samantha Meyer, Jauna Williams and Derek Johnson.
The Falcons were scheduled to begin TVC play on Tuesday (April 2), hosting Madras (8-3). They travel to North Marion (8-2) on Friday and they entertain Skyview, Washington, at noon on Saturday.