Schwaeble One Reason Colerain Expecting Big Season

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Colerain Softball

Another year of experience could pay significant dividends for the Colerain softball team. After being a Division I regional semifinalist and finishing
with a 22-3 record in 2007, the Cardinals return plenty of talent this
season as they are the top-ranked team in the Cincinnati Enquirer
Division I area coaches’ poll. Junior pitcher Emily Schwaeble, a first-team all-state selection last season, leads the charge.


Another year of experience could pay significant dividends for the Colerain softball team this spring.

After being a Division I regional semifinalist and finishing with a 22-3 record in 2007, the Cardinals return plenty of talent this season as they are the top-ranked team in the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll.

Colerain (4-0) competes in the very strong Greater Miami Conference so there is little room for error during league play. Fairfield, Mason, Hamilton and Lakota East are Nos. 2-5 respectively in the coaches’ poll.

Because of the competition in the conference, pitching obviously becomes more of a premium for those teams.

But Colerain has an ace that gives the Cardinals a chance to win every game.

Junior pitcher Emily Schwaeble, a first-team all-state selection last season, is able to consistently throw at 60 mph or above and has better command on the mound this season, according to Colerain coach Janet Huneke.

“The team seems to really rally around what she does and how she reacts on the mound,” Huneke said.

Schwaeble, who was 21-2 with a 0.49 ERA and 271 strikeouts in 142 innings last season, said she doesn’t get as flustered on the mound this season.

“I just keep pitching the best I can,” Schwaeble said. “I stay focused the whole time.”

Schwaeble (4-0) has been a significant reason why the Cardinals are undefeated.

Colerain defeated host Lakota East 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon after Schwaeble posted 14 strikeouts. She also went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI.

Huneke said Schwaeble has been able to throw faster and is able to locate her pitches more effectively this spring.

“She is much more confident this year as a junior,” Huneke said.

The Cardinals, which won the GMC title for the first time in 2007, has only allowed four runs by opponents through four games. The Cardinals had allowed a league-leading one run through the first three games.

Schwaeble said the outlook looks promising for the Cardinals this season. Schwaeble said she knows the No. 1 ranking gives the Cardinals more attention from other teams, but said the Cardinals are committed to working toward maintaining the top spot.

“I think (we can be) really good,” Schwaeble said.

“Probably better last year I think. We have really bonded as a team. We do a lot of stuff together and we get along really well and work together.”

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