The Jeffcats were 18-4 a year ago and a legit contender in the Northwest Conference – an affiliation that includes state power Convoy Crestview.
There is no question that this season will be decidedly different as the Jeffcats have seven new starters. Expectations remain high.
“The experience of the past couple of years has helped me. I've learned some new things to improve our team,” Rostorfer said. “But I know that the team we have this year is going to be different and hopefully we can find a way to still come away with similar results.”
There are just two letterwinners back for Jefferson in ace pitcher Shauna Bowers and third baseman Brooke Apple, who also serves as a backup pitcher.
“We are going to be young as we have a lot of players with little or no varsity experience,” Rostorfer said. “I am looking for them to be leaders for the team and provide good pitching us to keep us in games until our offense comes along.”
It is pitching that will be, without question, the strength for the Jeffcats.
“Obviously our strength is pitching, especially with Shauna back,” Rostorfer said. “Having Brooke will help a great deal because Shauna will have a chance to rest. We are hoping the new players we have in the field will fall in line quickly and adjust. The big thing is having the new players learn our offensive strategy so that we will be able to score a lot of runs.”
Jefferson is coming off of a season in which it accomplished nearly every goal it set. The only shortcoming was not beating conference champ Crestview.
The Jeffcats would love to be able to win a league title this year and make a long postseason run.
Rostorfer certainly believes the potential is there.
“We did a lot of good things last year, but losing to Crestview meant we didn't win the conference,” Rostorfer said. “We also didn't get past the district tournament. Our goal is to definitely win the school's first NWC championship. With the pitching we have, we have a shot to do that. The key is getting good production offensively as well.”