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Three Somerset youth softball teams qualify for nationals

The Somerset U10 softball team includes (front, l-r) Ella Reese, Camden Kellogg and Emma Settem; (middle) Riley Donahue, Ava Pesha, Isabella Eskierka, Victoria Gomez and Kendra Pritchett; (third row) Ellie Kjellberg, Morgan Kjellberg, Ada Schottler and Natalie Hansen; (back) coaches Derek Kellogg, Ken Kjellberg, Chad Pritchett and Jeff Settem. 1 / 3
The Somerset 12U Black team that qualified for nationals includes (front, l-r) Madison Trautmiller, Jenessa Gazdik, JuliAnna Gazdik, MyKenzie Leccia and Makenzie Weeks; (middle)Ella Odell, Roxanne Ring, Erin Huerta, Audrey Leonard and Taryn Dornseif; (back) coaches Tim Trautmiller, Pat Ring and Shawn Leonard. 2 / 3
The Somerset 12UB Red team includes (front, l-r) Sophia Plourde, Claire Anderson, Kennedy Harty and Haley Settem; (middle) Lily Kopp, Isabella Paulson, Katie Scheder, Emma Miller, McKenna Burger and Ellen Nelson; (back) Olivia Haglund, Heather Gaikowski, Chuck Gaikowski, Justin Paulson, Jim Burger, Michele Burger and Anna Bartig.3 / 3

Somerset has had considerable success with its youth softball teams this season.

The Somerset U12 Black team will play in the USA Northern Nationals Aug. 2-6 at Eau Claire. The team won two NAFA qualifying tournaments to reach nationals. The U12 Black team won the Chisago Lakes Challenge on May 13-14. Somerset went 5-0 in that tournament. Four of the wins were by large margins, but when the Spartans were challenged, they were able to come up with a 1-0 win against the Forest Lake Rangers.

Somerset also won the East Ridge Under The Lights tournament on June 10-11. This was another tournament where Somerset rolled through the competition with a 5-0 record.

The Somerset U12 Black girls earned another tournament title over the weekend. Playing in the Tri-County 12U A tournament, Somerset again enjoyed a 5-0 weekend. They finish the league/tournament season with a 39-3-2 record. The team’s pitching and defense are top quality, as 19 of the wins came via shutouts.

The Somerset U10 team qualified for nationals at the New Richmond Early Bird Tournament. By placing second in that tournament, Somerset locked in a place in the national tournament field. The national tournament will be played on July 27-30 at Bloomington, Minn. They will play in the state tournament at St. Louis Park this weekend.

This is an experienced team with most of the girls playing together for the past three years. The Spartans finished play in the Tri-County League with an 11-7 record.

The 12UB Somerset Red team received a berth for the NAFA national tournament in Eagan, on July 20-23. The Red team qualified by participating in the Pride in the Park Tournament in Cottage Grove at the end of May. Although the team did not take first, it finished high enough in the standings to receive the national berth.

The majority of this teamhaveplayedtogether for three years, growing and learning together from zero wins in their first year of league play to five wins last year and 13 league wins this year. They are looking forward to competing in the Minnesota state tournament the upcoming weekend and preparing for Nationals.

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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