Caledonia/SG Softball’s season concluded on Monday, May 20, after a 16-0 loss to Chatfield.
The game concluded after four innings due to Chatfield’s lead.
Caledonia/SG struggled to land a hit while at bat. Chatfield’s Pitcher Lexi Chase would have an incredible day pitching 36 strikes of 46 pitches. Grace Privet, Lydia Lange, and Katie Tornstrom would all bat twice, while the rest of the team batted once.
The Warriors would head into the top of the second inning having held Chatfield to just one run in the first inning. However, not being able to get a runner home the game would start to get away from them as Chatfield would score five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
The toughest inning for Caledonia/SG would be the fourth inning. The team would remain scoreless as the top of the fourth closed. Chatfield would close out the game scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Grace Privet returned to the mound for the Warriors and pitched the entire game. Out of 77 pitches 43 would result in strikes.
Like every year when the season ends the team changes as it loses it’s senior ball players.
“This group of seniors kept things lively and we all enjoyed being around them,” head coach Michelle Anderson said. “Most of these seniors have played for a number of years and have been dedicated to our team and that is much appreciated. This is a group of girls who were willing to do what their team needed time and time again.”
Despite losing some key seniors the team has a lot of upcoming talent.
“They will certainly be missed next season,” Anderson said. “We do have a number of returning players for next season, including four pitchers with a great deal of potential. I am looking forward to seeing the progress the girls can make over the next year.”
Despite their 7-11 record it does not tell the entire story for the team.
“I often felt like this team was often one inning, one crucial hit, or one big defensive play away from winning a number of more ball games,” Anderson said.
The team also had some big moments in games that led to wins.
“We did have five one run games this year, winning four of them in a pretty dramatic fashion,” Anderson said. “So this group is very capable, but probably a bit more experience and seasoning in all areas will be needed.”
Caledonia/SG plans to work on improving those areas this off season, as they will be putting in the time.
“Work through the summer and off season will make a big difference and if this off season work is done our team will make a marked improvement next season,” Anderson said.
The tough conference will be there next year for Caledonia/SG to test their off season growth.
“We are in a very competitive conference and section, but with really great effort and equally good attitudes and mental focus, we will be right there competing with the top teams in our area,” Anderson said.