will be made when the first pitch is thrown in the Winner Area softball game on
Area will host Wagner at 5 p.m. at Jaycee Field.
the inaugural season of girls softball in South Dakota.
Dougherty is the head coach with Shawna Kaiser as the assistant coach.
is a 2020 graduate of Colome High School and she grew up playing softball and
having a love of the sport.
excited for the season to start.
are 19 girls on the team which are made up of Winner and Colome girls in high
school and middle school. Dougherty says five of the members of the team are
on the team are: Jaelyn Assman, Alexis Bennett, Brindy Bolander, Melanie
Brozik, Lashanna Connot, Madelyn Danford, Shayne Day, Tienna Evans, Tila
Harter, Sophie Hofeldt, Ellison Kaiser, Aleya Miller, Maree Pravecek, Katie
Pederson, Karlene Preslicka, Shannon Rank, Emily Sachtjen, Emma Vandenbark and
seniors on the team are: Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Aleya Miller, Shayne
Day, Sophie Hofeldt.
said the girls have had two outdoor practices with the rest inside at the
trying to get our hands on the ball and get some conditioning going,” said the
addition to afternoon practices, there have been some early morning sessions.
asked what she is looking forward to, Dougherty said “I am hoping we can have
fun and learn about softball. Wins and losses don’t matter to me as long as we
are having fun and learning softball,” she said.
explained Shawna Kaiser had reached out to her to see if she had the time to be
the head coach. Dougherty was also contacted by Brett Gardner, Winner High
School activities director.
says she enjoys the role of a coach.
are six games scheduled with the April 13 game the only one in Winner. There
will be a Sweet 16 game where teams will qualify for the state tournament which
will be held in Aberdeen the first three days of June.
planned for April 1 in Mobridge was postponed due to the weather.
board of directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association
sanctioned high school softball in November of 2021 with spring of 2023 being
slated as the inaugural season.