B-squad, ninth-grade teams combine for 39-1 record
It’s been another banner season for the Forest Lake softball program, but the varsity squad is not alone in its accomplishments. The B-squad and ninth-grade teams also put together incredible seasons.
Against same-level competition, those teams combined to go a perfect 33-0. The only loss came when the ninth-graders dropped a game to a JV team; however, they also won six games against JV competition.
The B-squad finished 18-0, winning all but three games by at least 10 runs.
“Our girls did a great job making contact with the ball on a regular basis,” said coach Laura Palke. “We hit the ball really well, and made their defense work. When the other team put the ball in play, we were able to support our pitchers and get the out.”
Forest Lake outscored opponents 246-22, and sophomore Jenny Bracht hit four home runs.
The Ranger ninth-grade team went 15-0 in ninth-grade competition and 21-1 overall. On their way to a tournament win in Robbinsdale, the girls outscored their opponents 53-1 over three games.
“It is a thrill being part of a program that is having such great success,” said coach Bruce Nolden. “[Varsity coach Angie] Ryan deserves the credit for putting in place a great system and setting the high standard for the program. All of the coaches at the high school communicate and work together very well.
“But mostly it is a pleasure coaching players with such a high level of talent and dedication, and more importantly, a high level of respect and support for their teammates.”