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St. Ansgar softball

This year's St. Ansgar softball team has six seniors. They are: front row, from left, Tanyon Schutjer, Jadyn Anderson, Lily Walk and Sam Hemann; back row, from left, Siera Henamann and Molly Jenkins. 

ST. ANSGAR -- The six seniors on this year's St. Ansgar softball team attribute the squad's success not only to experience, but also camaraderie. 

"We love each other, we really do," said Jadyn  Anderson. 

The Saints had a record of 14-6 through June 20.  

This year's highlights include an eight-game winning streak earlier in the season, as well as a win against North Butler. 

"We hadn't beaten them since eighth grade," said Tanyon Schutjer. 

Anderson said the seniors have played together a long time, so they know each other well.  

"We are really good at picking each other up when we are down," said Sam Hemann. 

The Saints also play well under pressure, said Lily Walk. 

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The team does need to a better job of "getting the bats going right away," said Molly Jenkins. 

The seniors said one their favorite memories of their softball careers are all the trips to McDonald's after road games. 

Anderson said she even made a hat out of used cardboard french fry containers from the fast food chain. 

"We always have fun," Jenkins said. 

The seniors -- most of whom are in the infield -- will leave big shoes to fill after they graduate, so the younger players will have to step up. 

However, "I think a lot of them are getting their chance now," Schutjer said. 

"We will be all right," Anderson said.  

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