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Odrobina hitting effectively for well-rounded Alden softball

When Kathy Odrobina steps to the plate, she’s just looking to make things happen for the Alden High School softball team. And that’s exactly what she’s done.

Last year’s leading hitter has been even better this season for the Bulldogs and that has Alden thinking about championships.

“Just trying to hit the ball and put it in play,” she said of her expectations for herself. “I can get around on it pretty fast. I just want to get on base and help get us some runs.”

Odrobina is a headline member of a strong junior class for the Bulldogs. A third-year varsity player, she hit .492 with a .544 on-base percentage, as well as adding 26 RBIs and 30 hits, a season ago.

She’s been even better this season and that’s a big reason why Alden is 10-1 overall and 8-1 in the highly-competitive ECIC-IV.

“She’s been hitting really well this year,” Alden coach Jeff Kryszczuk said.

That’s a common trait of all the Bulldogs this season. Alden has been as a good an offensive team as there is in the division and that, along with three strong pitchers, has made them tough to beat.

“We have about six or seven kids that are hitting pretty consistent,” Kryszczuk said. “That’s been our strength, up and down the lineup, everyone can hit. A lot of kids that can contribute to the team, that’s the thing we’re relying on this season.”

The bats have indeed been smoking for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have scored 63 runs in 11 games and have reached double-figures six times.

“We’ve been hitting really well,” Odrobina said. “The last few years we haven’t had that as much but this year our hitting has been going really well from everyone. We’ve been practicing a lot against fast pitching, so we know our fast pitches pretty well.”

Odrobina is also a part of Alden’s talented three-player pitching staff.

“Our pitching is our strength,” Kryszczuk said. “All three of those girls are doing very well.”

That has Alden looking for big things as the season hits the home stretch and as Kryszczuk said “every game is a big game at this point.” The Bulldogs first have their eyes set on a division title and then a sectional tournament run.

“We just want to keep winning,” Odrobina said. “We just want to keep working hard and hope for the best.”


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