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Huskies fastpitch trying to put all the pieces together
The St. Anthony Village High School fastpitch softball team started five seniors in the state tournament last June. With a number of new faces in the lineup this season, the Huskies are going through some growing pains.
St. Anthony reached the midway point of the regular season last week and enters this week with a record of 7-4. Not a bad first half, but head coach Lamar Brendemuehl is waiting for his squad to put all the pieces together at the same time.
“I don’t think we’ve been as sharp on defense,” Brendemuehl said. “Some of these girls haven’t played that much in varsity action.”
Offensively, it has been hit-and-miss at times.
“We’ve hit okay but we haven’t strung it together at one time,” Brendemuehl said.
Because of the weather, St. Anthony played just once last week and beat Concordia Academy 14-6. The Huskies did some the damage offensively with the long ball as Kelly Lawson, Emma Bradt and Samantha Skwarek all homered. Lawson’s blast was a three-run shot while Bradt and Skwarek hit leadoff homers in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Of St. Anthony’s four losses, all were close games or games that were close most of the way before the winning team pulled away late. The Huskies lost a non-conference game to Horicon, Wisc., early in the season and then dropped a Tri-Metro Conference tilt to fifth-ranked Visitation on April 22.
The other two losses came in a tournament in Zumbrota on April 26. St. Anthony lost game one 11-2 to fifth-ranked Zumbrota-Mazeppa and game two 7-3 to fourth-ranked (Class A) New Life Academy.
St. Anthony began this week trailing Visitation by a game in the loss column in the Tri-Metro Conference standings. The Huskies will try to keep pace with the Blazers in three conference games this week. St. Anthony hosted Blake/Breck on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. Also on the schedule are a game at Brooklyn Center and a home game against St. Paul Academy, both on Tuesday.
The Huskies also have non-conference games at Columbia Heights on Thursday and at home against Totino-Grace on Friday. On Saturday, St. Anthony plays in a tournament hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
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