Softball girls work hard to improve record

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TyRel Thompson and Lauren Henderson make the out at first base during their 14 and under softball game against Bowdle on Friday.

By Sara Bertsch

In a rough matchup, the Mobridge 14 and under softball team lost to Selby 17-1 and 6-1 in Tuesday’s games. Even with all of their effort, the girls struggled to come together for the win. This brings their record to 2-4 after a loss to Bowdle during Friday’s game.
The Mobridge 12 and under team had more success as they won their games 4-2 and 10-4 to bring up their record and put a smile on everyone’s faces. With most of the girls available for the 12 and under game, their outcome could not be anything but winning.
On Friday, Bowdle came in swinging with losses by both the Mobridge 14 and under softball team and the 12 and under team.
Mobridge failed to score in the 14 and under game with a final score of 12-0, but the 12 and under managed to score one run and ended the game 10-1.
Friday’s loss took the 14 and under record to 2-2 with another win previously against Bowdle and a win against Gettysburg earlier in the season.
In Friday’s game, Callie Weisbeck pitched for the entire game. Normally Weisbeck usually plays for 12 and under, but pitched for the entire 14 and under game.
Weisbeck is not the only 12-year-old to step up, Megan Zahn, TyRel Thompson, Regan Stoick and Ellie Fried played for the 14 and under game as well.
Softball coach Sam Merkel, finds that the team’s hard work is starting to show.
“We’ve improved a lot for the 14 and under,” Merkel said. “They are working on their outfield and I also want them to get better at throwing it in right away.”
The team continues to get better as the season goes on, but Merkel still is seeking improvements in the outfield and especially their pop-ups.
In addition to these players, there are several players who are on their last year with the softball team.
“There are some veterans that we are going to miss a lot. This is Sam Good Shield and Lauren Henderson’s last year.” Merkel said. “Also, Jestice Talley and Alex Steiger do not come back next year and that will hurt us a lot, too. Those girls will be missed.”

2014 SOFTBALL ROSTER
12 and under: Heidi Olson, Emily Holzer, Reagan Weisbeck, Ava Stoick, Mariah Goehring, Emma Keller, Maya Nobles, Lily Rowe, Landyn Henderson, Sarah Cox, Maddy Jungwirth, Gretchen Olson, Leah Overland, Elizabeth Krause, Callie Weisbeck, Megan Zahn, TyRel Thompson, Ellie Fried, Regan Stoick.
14 and under: Victoria Vogel, Autumn Schlomer, Jadin Monsen, Briana Monsen, Sam Good Shield, Haley Borah, Lauren Henderson, Alex Steiger, TyRel Thompson, Callie Weisbeck, Regan Stoick, Ellie Fried, Morgan Dienert, Megan Zahn, Jestice Talley, Liz Vogel.

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