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BEA girls softball ready and determined

By Staff | Mar 30, 2015

Back row left to right:?Caitlyn Holm, Sydney Henningsen, Jalyssa Wilson, AngaLena Cyphers, Makenzie Slette and Kaitlyn Slette. Middle row from left to right:?Gracie Leland, Adri Dulas, Annaliese Klinkner and Kylie Ahl. Front row from left to right:?Rebekah Krussow and Brianna Ziegler.

The Blue Earth Area softball team is ready to get back on the field.

And just two weeks into the season, they are already able to practice outside something they were not able to do at the beginning of last season.

The team kicked off practice on March 9, just in time to prepare for their first game of the season which is scheduled for April 6 in St. James.

“They are always the team we are waiting for,”?says Buc coach Abby Bloomquist.

The maroon and gold have had a trend in the last few years during their games against St. James in that they lose their games in the last few moments.

“But we finally broke that curse last season,”?Bloomquist adds. “The girls are excited and already looking forward to it. We want to start the season on a high note.”

Bloomquist adds that with any new season, the first game is always a great gauge for where the team is at and in what areas they can work on.

But the team has a lot of determination going into the first game.

“These girls are looking for a change, they want to transform this team,”?the coach says.

The team consists of 12 girls; three seniors, eight juniors and one sophomore.”The nucleus of the team stayed in tact,”?Bloomquist says. “But the juniors this year have carried all the way through and have played together a lot.”

The team lost three players to graduation last year including Audrey McDonald, Ciarra Olsen and Bethany Olson. But, there are four new seniors ready to take their place including; Kylie Ahl, Bekah Krussow, Brianna Ziegler and Brooke Spear.

Ahl is one of the senior captains on the team and play as the returning catcher.

“We are really looking for a lot of leadership from Kylie, on and off the field,”?says Bloomquist. “She is a very strong athlete.”

Krussow is the other senior captain and has come back even stronger this year.

“Bekah has done a lot of work in the off season,”?the coach says. “She has had a lot of growth.”

Ziegler is a fourth year returner to the Bucs softball team.

“She will be one of our utility players and she will play where we need her,”?Bloomquist explains. “I’m really excited she’s a bunter I can rely on and she’s a smart runner.”

Spear is new to the varsity team but Bloomquist can already see her strengths.

“She has a strong arm and a knowledge to play in the infield,” the coach says.

Overall, Bloomquist sees something in this group of girls that she has not seen in the past couple of teams.

“They are more aggressive than we have seen which will benefit us,” she says. “They are very confident in their knowledge and skills of the game.”

Even with the new Big South Conference coming in to play, the team’s goal remains the same.

They want to have more wins this season and want to play consistently throughout the entire game.

“The past couple of seasons we have had one inning in a game that kills us,” Bloomquist says. “These girls want to make some noise in the conference.”

Bloomquist adds that they were in a tough conference before but now they are adding some different teams such as Worthington and Marshall.

“The conference is getting bigger and better and we want it that way, we are not shying away,”?she says. “It makes for tough competition but it makes you a better team.”

The maroon and gold girls are looking forward to a new season and are excited to make some changes.

“They are working hard and hope to spark more interest in the softball program,” Bloomquist says. “The girls encourage the community to come to the game and show them what we have to offer.”