04, 2007 09:57 pm
HS SOFTBALL: GI junior
Shari Geblein is the complete package
By Nate Beutel
GRAND ISLAND — All the Grand
Island softball team needed was a little leadership
It appears as if the Vikings have found their
solution in first-year head coach Pat Lester and
junior captain Shari Geblein.
Lester has brought renewed enthusiasm to the program
and it’s been Geblein’s job to help relay the
message to her teammates.
“She’s by far the leader on this team,” Lester
said. “She keeps the girls positive throughout the
game and makes sure everyone knows where they are
going with the ball. She really keeps this team
Geblein said she realized an opportunity was there
and she just seized it.
“I’ve taken the role of leadership because
that’s what this team needs,” the third baseman
Lester added that Geblein’s leadership is not only
displayed in her actions and vocals, but her play on
the field as well.
“She makes plays you wouldn’t expect a third
baseman to make,” the coach said. “She always
knows exactly what this team needs.”
Geblein said she’s accustomed to third base after
spending the past seven years or so there, but
it’s been her diminishing chances at the plate
that have frustrated her a bit.
“The other day against Lew-Port, the girl walked
me with the bases loaded, so it’s pretty
frustrating, but you just have to do whatever you
can to get the job done,” she said.
It’s that type of attitude that makes her one of
the hardest outs in the Niagara Frontier League,
according to Lester.
“She just finds a way on (base) all the time,”
With Geblein leading the charge and the rest of the
young Vikings steadily improving, coach and player
are excited about the future, both this season and
“We’re not exactly where we need to be, but
we’re getting there,” Lester said. “I’m
seeing progress every game.”
Geblein added: “We still have the potential to do
better. I think we can do some damage (in the second
half of the NFL schedule).”