SPASH Softball Enters Season On State Mission

SPASH softball is no stranger to Madison come spring. The Panthers made a second straight trip to the State Tournament in 2012, a year after winning the Division 1 State Title in 2011.

The Panthers came up short in the Division 1 State Quarterfinals last spring, by falling to Germantown 3-2, adding some extra motivation to get the job done in Madison this spring.

"Since we lost last year, I am, and the team, are more motivated to get further in the state tournament," said SPASH Senior Taylor Smola, who is recovering from a torn ACL and partially torn MCL suffered at the end of basketball season.

"We have a lot of power. Whenever people are going to face our lineup, it's going to be hard for them. They're not gonna be able to get a break," said Smola.

SPASH enters the season with a very powerful lineup, and strong senior leadership, both of which the Panthers feel will help carry them towards another run at a state title.

"That's all we've been talking about since the start of the season. How we all want to make it to state. How we all know we can make it there. We have a good lineup. We start off with some slappers, then we work into some power hitting. I think we're shaping up to be a state team," said SPASH Senior Heather Woyak.

"I think we have a much stronger drive this year because we had lost that game (to Germantown) last year and I think we have a really good team this year. Our hitting lineup is very powerful and I would not want to pitch against it," said SPASH Senior Nicki Hauser.

Coach Tom Drohner talks about how strong of lineup the Panthers will be offensively, and how his team is eager to finish the job this time around at state.

"We're very dynamic that we have tremendous power as a team. We have a tremendous senior class this year coming back. And losing in the first round at the State Tournament is not something we're accustomed to. I think that's gonna serve as motivation for us, " said Drohner.

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