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Rugby 13U girls end fun, educational summer softball season

By Staff | Aug 1, 2020

Submitted Photo The 2020 Rugby 11U and 13U girls’ softball teams pose for their season photo. Pictured are, back row, left to right: Coach Maisie Gault, Adison Dosch, Brianne Hovland, Tailyr Bush, Reese Gullickson, Brooklyn Hager, Allie Blessum, Haylee Heilman, and Coach Miriah Yoder. Middle row, left to right: Callie Oscarson, Autumn Gullickson, Livvy Johnson, Sam Blessum, Braelyn Connot, Tallie Dosch, Marly Santjer, and Brooke Kleespie. Front row, left to right: Katie Lundberg, Abby Hager, Brekkyn Thompson, Sophie Brandt, Avery Santjer, and Maci Brandt.

Rugby’s 13U girls’ softball team closed their regular season Thursday, July 23, with new skills, an appreciation for the game and for having fun.

“After our last game, I told the girls, ‘Raise your hand if you have never played a fast pitch game before this summer,'” 13U Coach Miriah Yoder said. “And over half of them had never played a fast pitch game before. I told them how far they had come in just 16 games to be able to enjoy a fast pitch instead of a slow pitch game.”

The girls had a chance to learn both fast and slow pitch techniques in their summer season.

During their last week, the girls first faced Anamoose for fast pitch play. Yoder called the contest “a high scoring game.”

“In Anamoose, we played really well. We came up short (in the score),” she said. “We lost both of the games, but the girls got a lot more timely hits and were able to put a couple of them back to back to score some runs.”

“Anamoose is an older team, so we’re having our young girls go up against them,” Yoder added. “That was really awesome to see.”

The girls played their next and final game at home, where they faced Harvey for a slow-pitch matchup.

“Going from fast pitch down to slow pitch is a little bit of an adjustment,” Yoder said. “We didn’t end up on top in both (11U and 13U) games, but we scored some runs and hits. Defense, we had a couple of errors, but we were able to come out and enjoy our last couple of games of summer softball.”

“Every game, I told the girls, ‘We know how to do our fundamentals, so if we can do the small things and just have fun, it’s going to be a great day of ball,'” Yoder said.

“So,” Yoder added, “it’s awesome to see they’ve improved so much in the time they played. Hopefully, I’ll get to see them all next summer and we’ll be able to continue to grow as athletes and teammates.”

Yoder noted, “I have a couple of 13U girls who will miss the cutoff for it, so I think I’ll lose about four or five players, I believe. It was good to have the younger girls get that experience, too, so when they move up to the older level, they have some experience that way.”

“I really enjoyed it and it was a good group of girls, so hopefully, next year I’ll be able to come back and coach again,” Yoder said.

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