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Somerset softball team starts season extremely young

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With just two starters returning from last season’s team, the Somerset softball team will be extremely young this season.

But much like the Spartan girls basketball team, being young doesn’t preclude the Spartans from being successful.

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The Spartans started their season with a 9-2 homefield loss to Prescott last Thursday.

Senior outfielder Megan Starry and junior pitcher Rachel Cloutier are the only returning starters for the Spartans this season. Starry will shift from leftfield to play in centerfield this season. The majority of the lineup is juniors who are making the move up from the junior varsity, mixed with a talented freshman class.

Spartan coach Cory Lindenberg has expectations that the team will make steady progress through the season.

“The juniors have played awhile, it’s just getting them used to the varsity level,” he said.

The contributions from the different classes showed when the Spartans scored their two runs in the third inning. Starry led off the inning with a single. She scored on a triple from sophomore Ally Wittstock. Wittstock later scored on a single from freshman Tori Martell.

The Spartans were able to keep the game close until the late innings, when Cloutier had some difficulties finding the strike zone with her pitches. Lindenberg said the tall left-hander has the experience to keep the Spartans in contention in every game with her pitching.

Starry was the only Spartan with multiple hits in the game. Lindenberg said Starry and Wittstock were robbed of extra base hits by the Prescott third baseman, who made several difficult catches on line drives hit by the Spartans.

Somerset resumes its schedule this Thursday with a home game against New Richmond (this game has now been postponed to April 28). The Spartans play another Middle Border Conference game next Tuesday when they hike north to Amery.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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