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Slugging their way to the top

The CFHS softball team is looking forward to the season ahead.
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Dawson Sanford
Ally Pagel raises her arm to pitch her throw.

The Cannon Falls Girls Softball team is well into their season, starting with a strong 10-0 win against Grand Meadow/Kingsland/Leroy-Ostrander. The girls visibly love playing with each other and grow together with every game and practice that goes by. They play very well as a team and it’s evident how well they get along with the positive environment they are surrounded in. They have accomplished many goals from the beginning of the season but still have many to work for. This season’s coaches are Elmer Pagel and head coach Tom Langfeldt. 

The softball team has many goals set to improve their game. Senior Madi Burr stated, “I think at least one way our team could improve is being smarter at the plate with our bats.” She also emphasized the importance of improving their base running and being aware of situations to help them score more runs. Burr has a big role on the team and also has the responsibility of being a captain, along with captains Anna Ritz, Avery Rustad, and Ally Pagel. Burr said the biggest challenge this team needs to overcome is, “We need to remind ourselves not to make silly mental errors.” She continued talking about how softball is a game of errors and it’s easy to let one error lead to many. Burr also noted that the game against Randolph is a game she hopes to win or come close to.

This season, 8th grader Mya Menge stepped up as varsity catcher and now is a big aspect of the team. When asked what is going well in the season and what could be improved, Menge replied, “The defensive side is going well so far, but we could still work on getting our offensive side started sooner.” Menge has positively impacted the offense with six home run hits in the season so far. “We are all close with everybody and seem to get each other really well,” Menge stated regarding their team chemistry. When watching their games, the girls appear to play great together. Menge said her favorite part about playing with this year’s team is, “How we all get each very well. It is an extremely positive environment and the whole team is always there for each other.”

Anna Ritz, one of the four captains and one of four juniors on the team, believes things are going well for the team too. Ritz noted, “We have made lots of improvements with both our defense and hitting.” The improvements and adjustments are evident when watching the Bombers play on the field. When asking Ritz what some of the team’s goals are for the rest of the season, she responded, “We want to grow as a team and put up a good fight against Randolph.” The Bombers have many goals set for the season, but coming close with Randolph is one of the bigger ones.

In conclusion, the Cannon Falls Softball team has accomplished a lot this season and still has much more to do in the postseason. Madi Burr, Mya Menge, and Anna Ritz had a lot of positive things to say about the team and the game they play together. They also stated they believe they can accomplish their final goals by the end of the season. The team chemistry between the girls is stronger than ever and they will continue to help each other for success. Best of luck to the softball team as they battle in the playoff games to come.

About the Contributors
Katie Tipton
Katie Tipton, Sports Writer
Hi! My name is Katie Tipton and I am a freshman. Outside of Lantern, I am involved in SADD, volleyball, and basketball. A funny thing about me is that I love eating cold baked beans!
Dawson Sanford
Dawson Sanford, Photography Editor
Hey, my name is Dawson Sanford. I am a sophomore. I work at Dudley's Pizza. I have a younger brother and a younger sister. I do football, golf, FFA, and I'm a photographer in the Lantern. That's a little bit about me.