SG/C High School Softball 2013<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->In front from left are Teresa Becker, Angie Augedahl, Cara Stemper and Matison Scanlon. In second row are Jenna Rosendahl, Emily Ranzenberger, Lottie Augedahl, Taylor Augedahl, Alexy Bearbower, Lauren Rusert, Marie Doering and Samantha Bratland.  In back row are Abby Hoskins, Olivia Adamson, Carrie Schoh, Taylor Welscher, Sophia Augedahl, Jordan Anderson, Olivia Schmitz, Mariah Schmitz, Mackenzie Denstad and Alison Goergen<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Submitted photo
SG/C High School Softball 2013

In front from left are Teresa Becker, Angie Augedahl, Cara Stemper and Matison Scanlon. In second row are Jenna Rosendahl, Emily Ranzenberger, Lottie Augedahl, Taylor Augedahl, Alexy Bearbower, Lauren Rusert, Marie Doering and Samantha Bratland. In back row are Abby Hoskins, Olivia Adamson, Carrie Schoh, Taylor Welscher, Sophia Augedahl, Jordan Anderson, Olivia Schmitz, Mariah Schmitz, Mackenzie Denstad and Alison Goergen

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"This will be our first season in the Three Rivers Conference (TRC), and we will have to prove ourselves game in and game out," head coach Michelle Anderson noted last week.

It's a good point. Last season, Spring Grove hosted Caledonia in Southeast Conference (SEC) softball. Now with Caledonia serving as the host school, the girls will play softball TRC-style.

Anderson will continue running the team, lending continuity to a highly successful program. She has coached SG/C softball for 22 years prior to the shift. Last year, the girls went 19-4 overall and won the SEC with an 8-0 record in conference play and went on to claim the girls' first sub-section championship in 11 years.

"SG/C had seven seniors graduate in 2012 - six of them starters," Anderson said. "We return our pitcher, catcher and centerfielder and are looking for some of our talented, enthusiastic juniors and underclassmen to earn starting spots and playing time.

"Our team is led on the mound by an experienced sophomore, Samantha Bratland who has already pitched in the last two section tournaments. Her battery mate, Lottie Augedahl will be strong again behind the plate."

"One of our strengths will be speed, but we will have to put the ball in play consistently for it to be a big plus for us," Anderson continued.

"Right now, our great attitude and effort is getting us through these 'snow-filled' days. Defensively, we will be having players in some new positions, so it might take us awhile to come up with a solid fielding lineup."

Bratland, a two-time all-conference and all-section selection, was also named First Team All-Area by the Winona Daily News. She will lead the pitching corps with her blazing fastball.

Augedahl, a junior catcher, earned both all-conference and all-section acclaim and was Second Team All-Area last year. Anderson said she's noted for her strong arm and offensive power.

Junior utility player Marie Doering was all-conference last year in center field. Anderson said she has "tons of speed" and is able to play anywhere.

Other returning letter winners include senior Cara Stemper at outfield/second base, senior Teresa Becker at first base/outfield, junior Taylor Augedahl as utility infielder, junior Lauren Rusert at outfield/utility, and junior Alexy Bearbower at second base.

Other candidates for starting positions include senior Angie Augedahl. Listed for both infield and outfield duty, she is coming off a knee injury that kept her sidelined last season.

Sophomores Emily Ranzenberger (utility), Alison Goergen (outfield) and Jenna Rosendahl (outfield) will also see plenty of playing time.

Anderson reported that some freshman pitchers will likely get a chance to contribute this year.

Nine ninth graders are waiting in the wings to earn playing time "wherever and whenever they are needed," Anderson stated.

They include Jordan Anderson, Mackenzie Denstad, Sophia Augedahl, Taylor Welscher, Abby Hoskins, Olivia Schmitz, Mariah Schmitz, Carrie Schoh and Olivia Adamson.

Chatfield should be strong again in the conference, Anderson said. Section favorites will include Kasson-Mantorville, Winona Cotter and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

First-year assistant coach Tory Kale-Schulz will join Anderson on the sidelines this season.

This week's original season opener as been rescheduled due to field conditions. Now, weather permitting, the girls hope to open at Preston versus Fillmore Central/Lanesboro on Tuesday, April 9. The complete schedule may be found in this issue on the spring sports salute page.