Coleman Eyes Another MSAC Title
COLEMAN – On the heels of winning consecutive Mid-State Activities Conference championships for the first time in more than a decade, the Coleman softball program has its sights set on a three-peat.
Ranked eighth in Division 4, the Comets graduated five seniors from last year’s squad that lost to Holton in a Division 4 state quarterfinal.
“We have a lot of the girls that have played last year and the year before,” Coleman coach Chad Klopf said. “They’ve got a lot of experience, so we’re bringing along some younger girls to add to that and try to keep that experience going."
Liz Dana is the lone senior in a relatively young lineup that features sophomore Jaden Berthume and junior ace Faith Barden. Dana and Berthume both posted .400-plus batting averages in 2016, while Barden went 14-0 in the circle.
“We are pretty young. We have a lot of sophomores and freshmen coming up and hopefully make an impact on our team,” Dana said. “We have all the players. We have all the talent and everything, and we just need to keep moving forward with that.”
Over the past two seasons, the Comets have won a combined 73 games and back-to-back regional titles. Coleman’s mantra during this stretch is “Win the day,” a saying that has grown in meaning the past few springs.
“I’d first seen it at other places, but I just sort of breaking down groups at the end of practice for a couple times with these guys when they were the last few years,” Klopf said. “It stuck with that group of seniors last year, it stuck with them and we’ve been carrying it on.”
“Anyone can win that day,” added Dana. “You can play a team several times, but whoever shows up to that game is the winner. You just have to play your best every single game.
The Comets opened their season a week ago with non-conference twin bill sweep of Sanford Meridian.
Coleman returns to play next Tuesday against No. 9 Merrill.