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Denmark softball aiming for conference title

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Denmark defeated Wrightstown, 18-6, in five innings in a North Eastern Conference softball game Tuesday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- Entering this season the Denmark softball team was confident it could contend for the North Eastern Conference title and so far the Vikings have lived up to their expectations.

Denmark (8-2, 7-0) is one of two teams perfect in the NEC -- the other being Freedom.

"Obviously the weather had an effect coming into the spring, but we're finally starting to get rolling with all the games and we expected to get off to a good start and all we're focused on is getting better through the season," coach Mike Vakselis said.

Denmark lost two if its first three games but has been rolling since, winning seven straight games. The Vikings believe its experience is a big reason they are off to a hot start.

"I personally think that with the team returning and so many seniors, we're a senior-run team this year, I definitely feel that we're off to the greatest start we could have expected and hopefully this will help us win conference as that is our team goal," senior Abby Chada said.

Denmark has scored in double figures in five of its wins this season as the offense has helped pitcher Grace Nys. Tuesday, the offense wasted no time in a 18-6 win over Wrightstown, scoring five runs in the first inning. Later in the game, Chada "roped" a home run.

The offense and pitching balance is why Denmark has confidence.

"Conference title is definitely one of our goals," Vakselis said. "It's something Denmark hasn't seen in quite a while, so as much success as we had last season entering the postseason, we didn't win conference, so our number one goal, obviously, is to compete, be the best team in the conference and go from there."

So far Denmark has that look.

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