Kriegers, Nichols, Lesteberg, Hauge, and Rudningen among KMS awardwinners

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Claire Hauge pitches for the Saints during a game in Benson.  She earned this year’s Saints’ Award.

The KMS softball team had its 25th-straight winning season this year, finishing the 2019 season with an overall record of 21-4, including a 16-2 mark in the Camden Conference to win another league title. 

KMS finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley, 8-1.  Earlier in the tournament, KMS beat RCW (15-0), Dawson-Boyd (10-4), and Wabasso (3-2) before losing its first game to Edgerton-SWC in the upper-bracket finals last Saturday at Marshall.  That sent the Saints into the consolation round where they fell to Eagles, who went on to hand Edgerton-SWC its first loss in the postseason, 1-0, before losing in the eventual section championship, 9-0.  

Edgerton-SWC, which has won the last six-straight Section 3A titles, won its second state title in the last four seasons with wins of 6-2, 5-1, and 4-1 over Badger-Greenbush-MR in the Class A finals.  LQP and KMS split their Camden Conference games earlier this spring with KMS losing the first 7-3, but coming back to win the second game, 15-11.  Canby-Minneota also finished with a 16-2 league record, splitting two early games with KMS, but the Saints won a tiebreaker to give them the Camden title.

This was the 12th season in the last 16 where KMS has won at least 20 games.  The only exceptions were years where the Saints had records of 14-6, 15-5, 16-7, and 19-4 last season.  KMS has gone 479-161 in the 28 years of the KMS softball program, and coach Eileen Suter, who has been the coach for all those year, should have a chance for her 500th victory late next season.

The Saints won this year’s Camden Conference title with a 16-2 record, followed by Canby-Minneota (16-2), Lac qui Parle (12-4), MACCRAY (13-5), Tracy Area (10-8), Dawson-Boyd (7-11), RTR (6-10), Lakeview (5-13), YME (3-15), and Renville County West (0-18).  This was the ninth-straight Camden title for the Saints and 12th league title in the last 13 seasons...

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