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June 08, 1990 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-08

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enior pitcher Jackie
Wander, who compiled
a 9-8 won-lost record
and was named most
valuable player on the
Southfield-Lathrup High
School girls varsity softball
team this season, was among
the many Jewish players in
the northwest metro area who
contributed solidly to their
teams in 1990.
Wander, a second-year
letter-winner who had a 4.14
earned-run average, was one
of eight Jewish players on the
Charger squad that finished
the season with a 12-10
record. Lathrup advanced to
the district final last Satur-
day, losing a 9-5, nine-inning
decision to Birmingham
Among other area teams,
West Bloomfield's Lakers
posted a 15-13 mark while
North Farmington rolled to
its best record ever, 12-5.
Wander of Lathrup walked
just 49 hitters, fewer than
three per game. She was the
tough-luck losing pitcher
against Marian, hurling all
nine innings and allowing on-
ly one earned run. Eight
unearned runs scored on four
errors, said Lathrup Coach
Don Perry.
Perry said that Wander's
won-loss record was deceiving.
"She kept us in every game
and gave us a chance to win.
She had an awful lot of con-
fidence this year."
Nikki Kaczander and
Stefanie Polsky were both
third-year varsity seniors this
season. Kaczander, the
centerfielder, batted .254,
with 17 runs batted in and 30
runs scored. In three seasons,
she produced 104 runs (RBI
plus runs scored). "She's a
very good athlete," said Perry.
"She was our cleanup hitter
— always batted fourth this
year. She's extremely fast."
Polsky, after two years at se-
cond base, moved to third this
year, a position she had never
before played. "She did a good
job there for us," said the
coach. "It's a tough place to
play in fast-pitch."
At the bat, Polsky produced
19 runs, but her main con-
tribution was with her glove:
"a very knowledgeable
player," said Perry. "She

Lathrup seniors Proghovnick, Polsky, Wander and Kaczander.

knows what everybody on the
field is supposed to do in any
Senior second baseman
Tracy Proghovnick, a second-
year letter-winner, was a
team captain and hit .419
with 27 runs produced in 15
games. "A very steady player
who does a lot of things that
you don't notice to help you
win," said Perry of Proghov-
nick, adding, "she just gets
her hits very steadily. She
moves people up on the
Junior Nichole Rudolph, a
two-letter winner, played five
different positions — left and
right fields, third base, pit-
cher and catcher — and com-
mitted just one error in 21
games, while hitting .235.
"She can play anyplace on the
field," said Perry. He in-
dicated that Rudolph's
wandering days may end next
year, however. "She will be
one of our main pitchers," he
Another second-year junior,
shortstop Stacy Berman, hit
.324 with 39 runs produced in
22 games. "As far as I'm con-
cerned, she's our leader on the
field," said Perry. "She plays
with an awful lot of intensity
all the time." In 95 at-bats,
Berman struck out only
twice. "She's the kind who
usually gets her bat on the
ball and makes something
happen," the coach noted.

First-year junior Laurie
Erlich was the team's rookie
of the year. She batted .370
and led the team with 29
RBIs and 51 runs produced.
In 142 innings at first base,
Erlich, whom Perry calls a

"truly intense"player, com-
mitted only three errors.
Sophomore Isa Schwartz-
berg played three positions,
mainly third base. She batted
.319 with 33 runs produced.
"We are expecting her to con-
tinue to improve and be a big
part of our success next year,"
said Perry.
"We're going to be a lot
more successful as far as wins
and losses than we have been
this year," Perry predicted of
his 1991 Chargers.
At West Bloomfield, sixth-
year varsity coach Stew
Bronstein's Lakers did well
despite having graduated 10
seniors last year.
The 1990 team was very in-
experienced at the beginning
of the season, Bronstein ex-
plained. "It was almost like
starting from scratch. The
girls have really come a long
way. They have surpassed all
of my expectations."
Bronstein's squad, led by
five seniors, was a strong of-
fensive team Senior Heidi
Rubenstein led the team in
hitting (.474), home runs (two)
and RBI (28). The outfielder
was among Oakland County's
leaders in all three categories.
Rubinstein did not play as
a junior, so Bronstein was
pleased when she told him
she would play this year.
However, he did not expect
her to play as well as she did.
"She's a great surprise. I
knew she was a great
ballplayer, but she has been
outstanding since the first
day. She's what you would call
a pure hitter."
Rubinstein was also what
Bronstein calls one of the
team's "characters" who kept
the squad loose and laughing

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