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Tigers wrap up 2008 season

The Morris Area varsity softball team closed the 2008 season with a .500 record, going 2-2 in the section tournament.

The Tigers started the season 0-5 before going on an eight-game winning streak mid-season. They finished the regular-season schedule 9-9 with a 6-8 West Central Conference South record.

Two Tigers, Mary Rentz and Dani Schultz, were named to the All-Conference team. Sara Beyer received an Honorable Mention.

Beyer and Adrienne Gahm were also recognized by the conference by being named Players of the Week.

Rentz and Schultz were both added to the Tigers' .300 club. Rentz averaged .361 throughout the season and Schultz had a .357 batting average.

The four seniors on the roster were the team's captains.

Seniors leaving the Tigers are Katie VanKempen, Britney Greenwaldt, Adrienne Gahm, and Jennifer Storck.

"I thought we had great leadership this year from our seniors," said coach Mary Holmberg. "This was a difficult spring due to all the cancellations. Adrienne, Britney, Jen, and Katie kept their enthusiasm and focus on our team goals.

Rentz and Schultz led the team in hits and runs scored.

"Dani and Mary were consistent hitters. They made solid contact and put pressure on the opponent's defense."

Rentz led the Tigers in defense with 57 assists, followed by Schultz with 48.

Kelsey Amundson and Sara Beyer shared the pitching duties.

"Both Kelsey and Sara will be back next year. The experience they gained as juniors will help us tremendously for the future," said Holmberg.

Heather Gagner contributed to the Tigers at second base, along with Brianna Neuman and Alissa Melberg in the outfield.

"We made great strides this year and look forward to next spring."