By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

H-M-S softball preview: A great shot to move up the standings

Softball team sets sights on higher War Eagle finish


May 25, 2023


Members of the 2023 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn softball team are front row, from left to right: Delaney Murphy, Abby Kunzman, Cadence Klein, Morgan Grooters and Kinsey Schirmer. Second row: Lindsey Van Es, Eva Stammer, Lainie Raveling, Frankie Mohni, Cheyanne Kruger, Natalie Daggett, Hannah Tessum and Cammy Wilson. Third row: Samantha Berends, Addy Sheeler, Eliza Tewes, Gracie Knobloch, Kamryn Ebel, Abby Otto and Alexis Grover.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn may have a relatively young softball team, but it is far from inexperienced. All but one starter returns from the 2022 squad that finished with the program's best record [10-15] since 2017.

Three seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores, four freshmen and an eighth grader are on the roster. Returners who earned postseason recognition last year are sophomore Gracie Knobloch, first team all-War Eagle Conference and Class 2A all-state second team; and senior Cadence Klein, honorable mention all-conference.

Having a full squad for preseason practices was challenging becaus...

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