By PATRICK SLACK
Holdingford will rely on a strong lineup, and the arm of its four-year starting pitcher, senior Alyssa Ohman, as it looks to compete for a title in the talented Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) this spring.
In addition to guiding the Huskers on the mound, Ohman hit .565 last year while senior shortstop Jena Volkers hit .571.
Also returning with starting experience are seniors Ashley Breth (outfield), Haley Huls (infield/outfield) and Amanda Beckius (utility), junior Sam Maciej (third base) and sophomore Amy Catlin (utility).
Graduating from last year’s team were Katelyn Butkowski, Alison Meagher, Erin Mensinger, Amy Scegura and Alisha Brinker.
Looking to fill their places in the lineup are juniors Megan Ruprecht (catcher), Abria Stewart (catcher), Hannah Peterson (catcher), McKenzie Dockendorf (outfield), Courtney Kostreba (outfield), Rachel Hanson (outfield), Colleen Dullinger (infield) Maddy Vogt (infield) and Ashley Junker (infield) and freshman Aries Ahrens (outfield).
“We are excited for the season to start,” Holdingford head coach Dan Talberg said. “We’ve got a nice mix of veteran leaders mixed with some excellent new talent.”
Pierz, Maple Lake and Eden Valley-Watkins appear to be Holdingford’s top competition in the CMC, Talberg said.
Holdingford is scheduled to open the season at Albany, Thursday, with its first home game slated for April 2 against Royalton.