Softball concludes season with district games, hope for future

Story by Maddie Adam

 The softball team concluded its season with districts on Oct. 6-7. After a successful season, the team finished ranked eighth in the state, despite not making it to the state tournament. The first day of districts concluded with an 11-1 win against Omaha Northwest. Seniors Alyssa Cathcart and Dani Schlader contributed to this big win with home runs. 

On Oct. 7, the Crusaders won 10-1 against Norfolk. Juniors Maddia and Rylinn Groff, along with Cathcart and Schlader, hit home runs. The last two games were lost against Norfolk 4-3 and 13-2, respectively.

During the season, four players announced their commitments to play college softball. The Groff sisters both committed to Southern Illinois University, Schlader committed to Washburn University in Kansas, and Cathcart committed to Buena Vista University in Iowa. 

“Overall it was a good season, and obviously it didn’t end how we wanted it to, but we had fun and that’s what made the season so special. We faced a lot of challenges, so it was exciting to see how far we came and how much better of a team we had gotten,” Schlader said. 

The team finished with 24-7 and looks forward to next season.

Editor Note: The M-Beat Broadcast team covered Softball’s Senior Night in their Oct. 8 episode.

M-Beat Broadcast segment on Softball from the 10/8/21 MBeat. Segment producers were Nora Corrigan and Reagan Rosenbaum.

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