Girls’ Softball ready to roll

Girls' Softball ready to roll

This just may be the year that the Red Knight softball team stands out from all the rest. The impressive lineup boasts eight returning starters; six of them are seniors who have been on varsity since their freshman year.

The pitching staff includes seniors Britt Stewart and Rachel Tondryk, notably two of the best pitchers in the conference. “Both have good command of a number of different pitches and can get the big strikeout when they really need it,” said head coach Adrian Wagner. Last year, Stewart had an 8-3 record and Tondryk was 8-2.

BSM’s offense is great at “flat out hitting the ball and scoring a lot of runs,” said Wagner. With 6 of its returning players hitting over .300 last year, the team has a stacked lineup. “Our first five hitters (Tondryk, sophomore Rachel Hoemke, Stewert, Renckens, and senior captain Larisa Clark) are going to be as good as anyone around. There just won’t be a weak spot in our batting order this season,” said Wagner.

One of the team’s general strengths is their natural athletic ability. “Our team has so much depth,” said senior captain Marie Renckens. “We have a bunch of people who can play multiple positions.”

They team’s versatility allows room to play around with positions before the season progresses. “We have some things to figure out in terms of who will be playing where in the field as our make-up in the field will likely be much different than it was a year ago,” said Wagner.

The team will be traveling to Mankato for the Mankato East Inivitational tournament tomorrow. “We hope to win the Mankato tournament which is our toughest competition we’ll face until sections,” said Renckens.

The conference championship is the next goal for the softball team. “I would have to think we are the team to beat,” said Wagner. “Totino-Grace and Spring Lake Park appear to be undergoing somewhat of a rebuilding process this year, but I’ve learned you can never count them out.”

The team’s season will go as far as the seniors take them. “All the seniors step up and show leadership on the field in different ways,” said Renckens.

Susan Kenzie, staff writer