Prep softball preview: Barnum Bombers

After falling just short of a trip to the state tournament last season, the Bombers hope to take another step forward this year led by a talented group of returning players.

Barnum's Katelyn Buell hits the ball during the Monday, May 13, 2019 game against Carlton.
Barnum's Katelyn Buell hits the ball during the Monday, May 13, 2019, game against Carlton.
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Head coach: Dustin Collelo

Assistant coaches: Courtney Oetterer, Randy Siltanen and Christy Jones.

Returning starters: Mendota Castonguay (P), Lenorah Korpela (1B), KayeLea Poirier (2B), Katelyn Buell (SS), Madison Berthiaume (RF), Lacie O'Leary (CF), Jacinda Wright (LF) and some top reserves coming back in Dana Buell (OF), Gracie Schatz (IF).

Team Strengths: "Our biggest strength is going to be our experience. We don't know if we will be able to get outside before our first game, so it will be nice to have players on the field that have been there before and know what they are doing," Dustin Collelo said. "We played really well defensively last year, and I look for that to continue this season. Having experienced a deep run into the playoffs last season should help us come playoff time again this year."

Biggest Challenge: "Our biggest challenge is going to (be) replac(ing) Jess Stevens at catcher and Madisen Warnygora at third base," Collelo said. "They both played well for us last year, and we are going to need people to step up and play well in their place."


Coach's assessment

"I feel our team should compete for a section title. We lost in the championship game last season and are returning a lot of our team," Collelo said. "We play a really tough schedule again this season, so we are going to embrace the competition and get better, and be playing our best ball come playoff time."

Girls hockey section tournament play begins on Tuesday night.

Jake Przytarski is a reporter for the Cloquet Pine Journal covering a mix of news and sports.
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