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The U-18 Minnesota Blast, shown here after their second-place finish in the Minnesota Metro Fast Pitch League (MMFL) state tournament, includes (front row, from left) Kaylee McMillen, Katrina Smith, Sami Zeadow, Kassidy Steen, Kaylan Risacher, Devan Masessa, (back row, from left) Assistant Coach Ron Tondryk, Makayla Langenbrunner, Assistant Coach Joe Beaupre, Jade Benko, Breanne Baker, Abby Wangen, Chandler Beaupre, Stacy Nelson and Head Coach Kerry Rodd. Not pictured are Kristi Anderson and Assistant Co...

Blast return from national tournament with heads held high

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Cloquet's Minnesota Blast may have gone 1-3 overall at the ASA Northern National softball tournament last week, but in the eyes of their coaches, the players achieved quite a bit.


The team split two pool play games before being bounced out in the double-elimination playoffs.

Coach Kerry Rodd couldn't have been happier.

"We played very well," Rodd said. "Our pitching was phenomenal."

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