Tuesday Apr 02 2013 comments German girl gives softball a try at Placer High By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor -A +A Placer High School softball player Marie Schultes, a German foreign exchange student, takes a swing at the plate. The Lady Hillmen (3-8-1) start Pioneer Valley League play when they host Center at 4 p.m. Thursday in the team's first home game this year. Marie Schultes is improving as a first baseman. Marie Schultes' favorite part of playing softball is hititng. Marie Schultes recently got her first at-bat. She struck out, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Marie Schultes is starting to hit line drives to the outfield, Lady Hillmen coach Aaron Rubio said. Marie Schultes catches a ball at first base during practice. Marie Schultes keeps her eye on the ball until she catches it.