Stellar Seniors Fall Shy Of State

Stellar Seniors Fall Shy Of State Click to Enlarge Photo: Julie Murphy-Cathedral Crusaders

(KNSI) - For the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusader Softball Team, the goal was to get their seniors to the Minnesota High School League State Tournament in Mankato.

That goal was well withing reach throughout the entire season and in the playoffs until they met Annandale for a third time in the Section 6AA Championship Game.

Annandale defeated Cathedral in the semi-finals by the score of 4-0.

Cathedral then fought their way through the lower-bracket to give themselves a chance to defeat Annandale twice and make the dream of state a reality.

Annandale jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in game one but the Crusaders ultimately gave themselves one more game by clawing their way back and winning 5-4 by plating a run late in the game.

Cathedral and Annandale fought to a close-knit battle in the final game but the Cardinals were ultimately too much for the Crusaders as they plated a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 3-2.

The loss meant that the Cathedral Crusader Softball Team careers came to an end for starters Megan Voit, Abbey Medelberg and Gabby Heying.

The other two seniors in the above photo are Kateri Fischer and Maggie O'Donnell; Fischer would have been pitched and been their second batter but a knee injury kept her from playing this season.

Although hard-fought, the battle was over and the loss was especially tough for head coach Mark Chamernick.

"We thought that we could make it to the state tournament this year, but we came up short. I really wanted to go because I wanted [Megan, Abbey and Gabby] to get there. I wanted it for them. They are very special people and this would have been a highlight for them for all the hard work they have put in for three sports."

The senior trio participated in volleyball, basketball and softball together; they made it to the Minnesota State Tournament in volleyball this past season.

As for the future, things still look bright for the Crusaders as they will return their three starting outfielders and their starters at second and third base.

Chamernick says that he is hopeful Rachel Dingmann (9th grader), Katherine Bell (9th grader) and Addie Pfannenstein (10th grader) will take over the pitching duties for Voit.

Now that the season is over, Chamernick has some gigantic shoes to fill on the team but he knows that his seniors will affect the world in a positive manner.

"They have set a new bar or standard for CHS fastpitch; we always are competitive, have a great record, and have fun, but this year the seniors set an example of how a season is memorable and can make a difference. Those 'big three' will make a difference in the real world, [assistant coach Julie Murphy] and I saw it this year."

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