Varsity not alone in softball domination

B-squad, ninth-grade teams combine for 39-1 record

The B-squad team includes, front row: Jenny Moran, Jenny Bracht and Alexa Bremer. Middle row: Allison Buelow, Sadie Gadberry and Belen Rubio. Back row: coach Laura Palke, Taylor Shortly, Bailey Armstrong, Rachel Baniecke and Kalynn Tilton. Not pictured: coach Joe Palke. (Photo courtesy of David Bank Studios)

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.

The ninth-grade team includes, front row: Megan Gemuenden, Katherine Watson, Danielle Stace, Emma Abress, Chase Shortly, Cassie Schmidtke and Alyssa Forsman. Back row: coach Jeff Antony, Maddi Dorrain, coach Darrell Schmidtke, Emilie Antony, Erin Murphy, Bailey Armstrong, Sara Trojanowski, Kassey Murphy, Hally Osdick, Allison Long and coach Bruce Nolden. (Photo submitted)

“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.”