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New Richmond U10 softball reaches nationals for third straight year

Girls on the 10U softball team include (l-r) Haley Jackson, Ashtyn Powers, Ginger Ann Lucas, Jada Altena, Jasmine Altena, Lexi Fiebiger, Jordyn VonWald, Catelyn Swanepoel, Maddie Gafner,Adelyn Lucas and Brier Blietz. Coaches on the team (back, l-r) are Bill Lucas, Brian Blietz and Ryan Gafner.

For the third straight year, the New Richmond 10U softball team has qualified for its national tournament.

The New Richmond girls won all six of their games to win a weekend tournament June 3-4, qualifying for this year’s national tournament.

New Richmond coach Brian Blietz said the team “won this tournament by amazing pitching, great defense and very aggressive base running. We also had our returning players from last year step up with the leadership role and gave us energy.”

The four girls returning from last season’s team are Catelyn Swanepoel, Brier Blietz, Maddie Gafner and Lexi Fiebiger.

New Richmond started the tournament with a pair of wins in pool play, defeating Somerset Black 7-3 and Hudson 9-2. That moved New Richmond into bracket play where the Tigers were the second seed.

Bracket play started with a 15-0 win over Somerset Red. The biggest challenge of the tournament came next, in the second matchup against Hudson. The Tigers trailed until the final inning, when they rallied for an 8-7 victory. The Tigers rolled from there. They defeated Stillwater 12-2 in their best hitting game of the tournament. They finished the tournament with an 8-3 win over Somerset Black.

The 10U national tournament will be played July 27-30 in Bloomington, Minn.

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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