Softball one of 16 state teams

AMBER GARCIA PHOTO MHS head softball coach Kendal Bergman guided this year’s team to the state softball tournament this year. The Cowboys lost in the first round to Sterling, then beat Cortez and found themselves in the final four before falling to Lutheran.

RBC I In her first year as head coach, Kendal Bergman coached the girls to a state softball bid. The team had not made it to the playoffs since 2018. Only 16 teams can say they made it that far so that’s an achievement in itself. 

“I am so proud of this group of girls to have come so far and never gave up on each other or our team goal of returning to the state tournament,” said Bergman.

The Cowboys lost in the first round of the tournament to Sterling who then went on to beat Cortez in their next game and made it to the final four, only to lose to the state championship team, Lutheran. 

Hailey Knowles was on the mound and was able to surpass her goal of 90 strikeouts, ending the season with a total of 92. Ryann Mergelman “worked hard behind the plate for her pitcher and her team,” commented Bergman.

The final score was 12-0.

“It was a tough game to end the season on but everyone is so proud of these girls and they should be so proud of themselves as well,” wrapped up Bergman. “We only wish the best for our three seniors, who helped lead the team and put their heart and soul into each game.” 


Special to the Herald Times

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