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Big hitting from several crucial members of the team led to success in the league season

PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Madison Olsen was one of Colton Softball's all-star players for last year, and she'll be back next year to help lead the team back to the playoffs. Part of what made Colton softball's run towards the postseason was the personnel that comprised the team.

The Lady Vikings put together a terrific tear through the league season, going 11-2 in the second half of the season to make it to the first round of the state playoffs. Ultimately they lost to Lost River 8-5 on Monday, May 20, but the contributions the team put in were definitely noted from the scorebox. The team put up 207 runs over the final 14 games of the season, and apart from a blowout loss to runner-up Kennedy, the team played solid defense as well.

First team infielder and senior Anna Wimsatt had a batting average of .442, only striking out twice over the course of the season. Fellow first teamer and sophomore pitcher Katelyn Dutton had an ERA of 1.92, and a strike out to walk ratio of 6-to-1, winning seven games and losing four.

Second teamer and junior catcher Courtney Weinberger was able to contribute to the team's success on offense as well, although in a more painful fashion. Weinberger was struck 11 times by opposing pitchers over the course of the season, and had a batting average of .316 to boot.

Freshman outfielder and second team all-leaguer Hailee Hordichok had a batting average of .419.

Second team outfielder and sophomore Renee Richardson had a batting average of .396, and crushed four homeruns over the outfield wall. Junior infielder Madison Olsen had a batting average of .456.

All of those strong individual performances led to the team's 16-10 finish, and competitive showing in the playoffs. It was a noted improvement over the team's 10-12 finish last year. With just Wimsatt graduating this next year, Colton's softball future looks strong.

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