Lehmkuhl ties 31-year-old home run record
Living up to Wadena-Deer Creek's nickname of a Wolverine with power and tenacity, Michaela Lehmkuhl has been unleashing some power of her own this spring.
The sophomore slugger belted her eighth home run Tuesday against Crosby-Ironton, a feat which a check of the records has revealed ties a team record for home runs held by Jen Walter since 1981.
"It's definitely exciting," said Lehmkuhl as she reflected on tying the home run record. "But it never was my goal at the start of the season. I just wanted to play!"
Lehmkuhl smacked her eighth home in the second game of the doubleheader with C-I, where the Wolverines were victorious in both games, 10-6 and 23-8, respectively. Lehmkuhl's record-tying round-tripper was also her third grand slam this season.
"It was more of a line drive," said the 16-year-old of her long ball. Lehmkuhl plays third base and catcher and is in her second year of playing varsity for Coach Craig Klawitter. She bats fourth in the WDC line-up.
Lehmkuhl has loved softball since she was little, she said. "I was always in the backyard hitting the ball with my dad (Gerard, who is a custodian at WDC School). I've been playing competitively since 7th grade. I love softball. I love the team play. I love everything about it!"