By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Pitching is the centerpiece of young H-M-S softball team

Defensive alignment depends on who's in the circle


May 26, 2022


Members of the 2022 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn softball team are front row, from left to right: Delaney Murphy, Kamryn Ebel, Kinsey Schirmer, Morgan Grooters and Lainie Raveling. Second row: Natalie Daggett, Hannah Tessum, Abby Kunzman, Alexis Grover, Frankie Mohni, Cadence Klein and Cheyenne Krueger. Third row: Bailey VerHelst, Gracie Knobloch, Abby Otto, Meghan Larson, Eliza Tewes, Addison Sheeler, Samantha Berends and Lindsey Van Es.

Pitching is a key ingredient to the success of any softball team, and that will definitely be the case for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in 2022.

In addition to the importance of pitching itself, H-M-S's defensive alignment will depend on who is in the circle. As a result, versatility is a must for those who are not pitching.

"Our pitching will be leading the team, with five girls who have worked hard in the offseason," said Hawk coach Stephanie Bronstad.

Three of those five will see varsity pitching time. The most experienced of them is freshman Gracie Knobloch. In her first year in the circle Kn...

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