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Clear eyes, full hearts

The Lantern reviews Spring softball season.

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Eighth grader, Abby Bruer, pitches for the varsity team.

Eighth grader, Abby Bruer, pitches for the varsity team.

Nathan Baszuro

Nathan Baszuro

Eighth grader, Abby Bruer, pitches for the varsity team.

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What started as May snowfall has become May showers. At the beginning of the season the team wasn’t able to practice outside due to the cold, wet, and lousy weather. Coach, Tom Langfeldt, says the erratic weather has been frustrating. Adding on, Langfeldt talks about losing their five seniors from last season and how it’s been difficult to fill spots when they’re not able to try out new positions outside. “We will have our best team on the field the third week in May!” Coach Langfeldt states.

The team hit off the season with three consecutive wins. Junior, Anja Black, states, “We have a primarily younger team with our 8th grade pitcher, Abby Bruer, who has had a very good season, ninth grade second basemen, Bella Davisson, ninth grade center fielder, Brooke Robinson, and ninth grade catcher, Makayla Bowen, and only one senior playing on the field.” The lack of upperclassmen has been a challenge for the girls especially in the toughest section in Minnesota.

Throughout the rough patches the team has kept a positive outlook with their 10-12 record. Black goes on to say,”We huddle and coach says ‘Clear eyes. Full hearts.’ and the team chimes in and says ‘can’t lose.’” The girls keep softball a heavy priority in their immersed schedules by practicing every day, including Saturday. Although they come off the field tired and frustrated from the mental and physical heave, they walk in with bright eyes. Even coach Landfelt agrees, adding that, “All of these games have worn us down and we need to be locked in even more than we usually are.” Seniors, Tatum Pickar, Amy Jo McNurlin, and Erlyn Strelow, are determined to finish the year strong. After winning 5-0 at their playoff game the girls are headed to their next game in Fairmont. “I’m excited since we won our first playoff game, and it’s something we haven’t done before, at least since I’ve been on the team.” Junior, Hannah Singewald, shares. Maybe they’ll use their time on the bus to catch up on sleep.

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