Tartan will have plenty of veterans leading team this softball season

Lodahl could be MEC’s ‘best player’

A year ago the Tartan Titans took a step toward success in the Classic Suburban Conference softball standings.

This season, in the new Metro East Conference, the Titans are hoping that one small step becomes a giant leap.

The main reason for optimism is experience. Head softball coach Brian Larson said simply: “We have experience. Because Tartan only graduated one senior, our team will have solid returning players.”

Coach Larson then cited several players who had varsity experience in 2014.

The girls expected to lead the Titans this season are captains Cailee Stiff, a senior, and Kristina Lodahl, a junior.

Stiff is a shortstop, while Lodahl will anchor the other “up-the-middle defense” at second base.

Larson stated, “Kristina Lodahl could be the best player in our conference.”

Others returning to the Tartan lineup are seniors Allison Hazzard, a catcher, Carlee Palmer, center fielder, and Alyssa Schmidt, an outfielder.

Also back are juniors Gina Vannelli at left field, and Kasey King and Danica Richert, both pitchers. Hoping to add to the lineup will be sophomore Jordan Sabelko, a first baseman.

Working along with Larson as assistant coaches will be Kristin Moore and Steve Moore.

Tartan will open the season at home against     conference foe South St. Paul on Monday, April 6. The Titans’ first week of action will be a busy one, with a trip to Inver Grove Heights for an April 8 game at Simley, and then hosting Henry Sibley on April 9. The games begin at 4:15 p.m.

With the uncertainty of the weather, there may be a need to reschedule games. Rescheduled contests may be found by going to <classicsuburban.org>. Click on the school. Scroll to the sport, then click on “view” to see revamped schedules.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7820.

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