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Tigers have short, rewarding softball season

    This year’s Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta varsity softball season was condensed to just one month, starting with the Tigers’ home tournament on April 27 and ending on May 28 in the fifth round of the Section 3AA Tournament.

    “This was the worst season weather wise in my 33 years of coaching,” said Mary Holmberg.

    The  team finished 13-9 overall, taking fourth place in Section 3AA.

    This year’s team had five seniors coming back from  a successful 2012 campaign in which the Tigers were 14-3 during the regular season.

    Seniors McKenzie Van Batavia, Sadie Fischer, Steph Hennen, Brooke Wente, and Katelyn Vogt led the team and helped keep the team’s spirits up through many weeks of indoor practice.

    “We will miss you and your leadership,” said Holmberg.

    A core group of underclassmen also got plenty of experience in those four weeks of action, including six juniors, five sophomores, and two freshmen.

    “Your dedication and hard work will pay off for the future,” added Holmberg.

    The Tigers earned several awards this season.

    They received a silver rating in academics from the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches’ Association with a team GPA of 3.73.

    Two Tigers were named to the All-West Central Conference Team. They are McKenzie Van Batavia and Brooke Johnson. Nicole Strobel received an Honorable Mention.

    Becca Holland and Sadie Fischer were named to the All Section 3AA Team.

    Brooke Wente was named to the Academic All-State team.

    McKenzie Van Batavia was named to the All-State honorable mention team.