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2019 Osage Softball team

The 2019 Osage High School Softball team (front row) Katie Smith, Shelby Blake, Kourtney Chambers, Katelyn Halbach, Madi Adams, Ashley Halbach and Kate Mostek. (back row) Libby Schwamman, Sammi Scharper, Melanie Bye, Ainsley Dodd, Olivia Dodd, Tori Schwarting, Macy Gast and Makayla Mostek. (not pictured - Ashlynn Brock)

After spending five years as an assistant coach at New Hampton, Ryan Huffman is ready to begin his head-coaching career at Osage.

This is Huffman’s third year at the school, but his first in this coaching role.

The Green Devils, coming off a 13-18 mark last season, return six seniors from last year’s team. Among them is Katelyn Halbach, an outfielder who led the Green Devils with a .476 batting average. Fellow seniors Kourtney Chambers (.348) and Olivia Dodd (.341) are also expected to produce at the plate.

Victoria Schwarting will look to build off an impressive freshman campaign that saw her bat .395.

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Ashley Halbach, who pitched as an eighth-grader last season, returns to command the circle for the Green Devils. She started 29 of Osage’s 31 games last year.

“(We’re) looking forward to a good season,” Huffman said. “We have a lot of contributors back from last year and many of these girls have been on varsity for multiple years.”

First-week schedule: May 22 vs. North Butler; May 23 at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

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