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The Lakeland College softball team has started its 2012 season with the first practices of the season.
Eighth-year head coach Chad Buchmann has the team working hard to earn its sixth-straight bid to the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament. Last year, Buchmann led the Muskies with a fifth-place finish in the NAC with a 14-10 record, 15-26 overall.
Four All-NAC players return to the lineup this season including senior Leah Sheahan, juniors Heather Haeflinger and Jenny LaLuzerne and sophomore Sammy Rieder. LaLuzerne returns as the team's leading hitter with a .424 batting average and a .586 slugging percentage.
Sheahan led the team in runs scored (31) and posted a .330 batting average, while Haeflinger led the team in stolen bases (13) and was second on the team in hitting (.355).
The Muskies were second in the NAC in in triples (11), third in doubles (80) and fourth in home runs (16).
Buchmann is nearing the college's all-time wins record and needs 19 wins to surpass the record of 164 wins set by former head coach and current director of athletics Jane Bouche.
See what Buchmann has the team working on in the early-season practices: http://youtu.be/7pSlsR037Kg
See what Sheahan has in store for her senior year: http://youtu.be/lEKt5R8xlGI