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Crater pair wins scholarships

Much of the credit for Crater High making the Class 4A state softballplayoffs the past two seasons can be attributed to center fielder MollySchroeder and first baseman Lindsie Luchau.

The two Southern Oregon Conference 18-year-old first-team softball playerswere recently rewarded for their performances by receiving college scholarships.

Schroeder signed with Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., whileLuchau received a full athletic scholarship at Concordia University in Portland.

They've been big contributors for a couple of years, Cratersoftball coach Mike Meunier said.

Schroeder, a two-time first-team all-state outfielder, was a four-yearstarter for the Comets. She is second in the school record books for careerhits and hits in a season. Her .494 batting average in 1997 is also secondhighest in school history.

This year, Schroeder had a .644 on-base percentage as a lead-off hitterwith 29 runs and 42 hits. She has a career .404 batting average.

She's probably our most successful player at Crater since I'vebeen around since 1989, said Meunier. When she hit well, wescored runs.

Schroeder overcame elbow surgery as a freshman to throw out eight battersat first base on ground balls from center field this season.

That's something you don't see very often, said Meunier.

Luchau, an honorable mention all-state pick, had a .370 career battingaverage for the Comets. This season, 5-foot-10 infielder had a .626 sluggingpercentage with 12 doubles, four triples and one home run.

She was a big power hitter, said Meunier. She's themost dedicated weightlifter we've had from our softball players.

It's an awesome opportunity to trade some softball basically fora career, Meunier added.