SPRING PREVIEW: Minneota/Canby softball

Photo courtesy of Photoworks Pictured above is the Minneota/Canby softball team. Team members include: Abby Hennen, Abby Rangaard, Brooklyn Nelson, McKenzie Tolk, Lexi Sanow, Summer Hennen, Sydney Larson, Audra Buysse, Madison Sorensen, Emily Pohlen, Kaylee Johnson, Madison Scholten, Katie Konold, Ava Larson and Shelby Sik.

MINNEOTA – Returning nearly all of its players from a season ago, the Minneota/Canby softball team will rely on that chemistry from a 2018 season that saw the team finish with a 13-7 record overall.

Looking to build off of the success, four-year head coach Heidi Boerboom is having her team focus on striving to improve on a game-by-game basis this season and have fun while doing it.

“I thought last year we really improved as a team,” said Boerboom. “I thought we started off the season with our first games and just taking it from there and not stepping backwards. This team is really kind of coming together as a team and playing together and having fun.”

Minneota/Canby is led by four seniors, including outfielder Abby Rangaard, as well as starting pitchers Brooklyn Nelson, Sydney Larson and Emily Pohlen. According to Boerboom, the collection of strong pitchers as well as a dependable catcher behind the plate in Abby Hennen will be among the team’s strengths for this season.

“I think our strength this year is our pitching. Our pitching was consistent last year and we minimized walks,” said Boerboom. “We’ve only had one doubleheader and that seemed to be the case as well. We’re staying in the strike zone and we’re keeping people swinging. We hit the heck out of the ball at our opening doubleheader against Lakeview. Our catcher Abby Hennen is a force behind the plate.”

Putting their offensive and defensive strengths to good use, the team is already off to a strong start with a 2-0 record after sweeping Lakeview in a doubleheader to open up the season. Boerboom hopes the fast start will serve as a springboard for a potential Camden Conference crown by season’s end.

“(We’re taking it) one game at a time. I kind of push the girls to say you know lets play up to that Camden Conference (Championship) and this is the year that we can do it with our senior leadership and our experience,” said Boerboom. “I think it’s there for us if we play together.”