Last year’s record: 14-10
Wright County Conference record: 9-8 (4th)
Section 5AA tournament: def. Fridley 10-0, lost to Delano 5-3.
The Mound-Westonka softball team brings back seven starters from a team that finished 14-10 and fourth overall in the Wright County Conference a year ago. That gives coach Dan Krause optimism heading into 2011, specifically knowing he will have a pair of experienced pitchers in Katie Jo Delisle and Kim Hutchins.
“On any given afternoon, one team can win any game,” Krause said. “Every game is within one run.”
Junior pitcher/first baseman Katie Jo Delisle, senior pitcher Kim Hutchins, senior catcher/infielder Evan Bailey, sophomore shortstop/pitcher Brooklyn Pouti, sophomore infielder Allie Brady and junior outfielder Erin Rasmussen
Third baseman Sam Cordie and center fielder Carly Hanus
With only two starters to replace, the White Hawks are hoping for a breakthrough season in 2011. The goal is a conference title, but the obstacle is the presence of the three powerhouse schools that finished in front of Mound-Westonka last season—Delano, Dassel-Cokato and defending conference champion Orono. The Hawks may remain underdogs, but Krause hopes experience will help keep the Hawks in the hunt in 2011.
While a conference title may be in reach, a trip to state will be difficult. Perennial powerhouse Park Center is the clear favorite in Section 5AA, and Mound-Westonka will very likely have to go through them in the west subsection. If they do, history dictates that they’ll continue their success at state. Teams from Section 5AA have performed well at the highest level in recent years—Park Center won the Class AA title a year ago. Other contenders include Maple Lake and Becker, who play in the east side of the bracket.