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Michelle Olson • Liberty

How Liberty
Softballers Did

By Jeanne Sager
LIBERTY – June 21, 2002:

Overall record: 12-6

League record: 6-4 OCIAA Division III

Team Leaders: The Lady Indians can thank three juniors for pacing the team this year.
Shortstop Andrea TerBush, who had a .345 batting average with 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored this season, was a dominant force for Liberty. She also stole 11 bases this year.
Center fielder Kate Yaun batted .434 for the Lady Indians, stole 15 bases and scored 22 of the team’s runs.
Catcher Nicole Daurio was on fire this season as well, recording a .405 batting average.

Season highlight: According to Coach John Wilhelm, the girls worked all season to qualify for sectional play, to finish with a winning record and to garner a double-digit win total. They met all three, he said.
The Lady Indians made it to postseason play, losing in the first round to Sullivan West. And their overall record of 12-6 was an improvement over other teams in Liberty’s history.

Season lowlight: The loss to Sullivan West in sectionals was a hard one, Wilhelm said.
“It was probably one of our worst games of the year,” he said. “Not to take away from what they did, but we just didn’t play well.”

Other comments: “I was pleased with how the season went,” said Wilhelm, who has coached the Lady Indians for six-years. “The girls worked hard, and this is still a fairly young team.”
The Lady Indians will lose three players to graduation this year, including pitcher Michelle Olson, whom Wilhelm noted will be sorely missed.
But Wilhelm hopes the Lady Indians will have an even better season next year.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he noted.

Awards: At last week’s Liberty Central School Block L Sports Banquet, TerBush received the Most Improved Award and Yaun captured the Best Offense Award.

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