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Softball returns thanks to warmer weatherSubmitted: 04/15/2015
Story By Dan Marz

Softball returns thanks to warmer weather
RHINELANDER - Winter looks like it's finally behind us, which means spring sports can finally start heading outdoors. And nothing says warm weather like the crack of the bat.


But in northern Wisconsin, players and coaches may end up waiting a long time for that warmer weather to come--and an even longer time for it to stick around for a while.

"It's been a rough spring," says Rhinelander High School softball head coach DJ DeMeyer. "We got outside early. We were fortunate enough for the field to open up. We got out for a couple practices--and then we had the snow."

Now that winter is finally in the rearview mirror, softball can get back into full swing--and the weather couldn't be better.

"It is great," says Allan Trachte, father of Rhinelander outfielder Taylor Trachte. "After all the bad weather we had this week, we were kind of chomping at the bit to get out and watch some good softball and just be out in the good sunshine and enjoy the day."

Now teams can focus on getting their seasons off on the right foot.

"The girls are working hard," says DeMeyer. "The new girls that are on varsity, they're working hard. They're blending right in. I'm really excited about this season. We're really looking forward to just getting a game in so we can find out what we need to improve on."

Parents and fans are looking forward to it, too.

"We like coming to watch the Hodags, obviously, because our daughter plays left-center, so that's a big thing," says Trachte. "We love watching her, we love watching the girls play, and I think the girls are excited about getting started and starting the play, too."

Now that the sun is out, it's time to bring on the fun.

"It's been a long winter, so it's great to be outside," says DeMeyer. "It's a beautiful day today. Hopefully we've got many more of those to come."

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