For KoMets, there’s no place like home
The long winter has made opening day a distant dream for the Kasson-Mantorville softball team as it eagerly awaited to break in its newly remodeled digs. With a new crow’s nest towering above home plate, the KoMets were eager to make their 2018 debut at home, but had to wait a little bit longer after the field was deemed not ready for play prior to their proposed opener with Stewartville on on April 23.
A couple extra days were worth the wait as the KoMets finally took the home field for the first time on April 27 against Lake City. As it turned out, K-M needed very little acclimation to their home field as they blasted the Tigers by a score of 15-3.
“It was great to play a game at home rather than driving 100 miles North on a Friday night to play in a dome,” Mann deadpanned. “We lost four home games already this year, so I’m glad we broke out the bats and flexed our muscles.”
Lake City showed up to K-M focused on ruining their homecoming in the early innings. A rough first inning saw the Tigers put three runs on the board for an early lead, but the KoMets would bounce back thanks to their legion of strong bats that put on an impromptu home run derby.
Kayla Schubert, Malia Schubert, Alie Schaefer and Morgan Ness would all hit bombs for the KoMets as they responded with 15 unanswered runs to tame the Tigers and would enact the ten-run rule after five innings.
The win was a much needed one for K-M as the road had not been kind to the KoMets earlier in the week. On April 23, the KoMets played their second indoor game of the season, but couldn’t find the same success with their bats or on the mound as they fell to the Packers by a score of 8-2.
The KoMets would try to bounce back against Byron on April 26 and would see a little more success at the plate. Meredith Wright would hit her third home run of the season and K-M would slug four doubles in the game including two from Cateria Thome and one each from Allie Schager and Addie Murry.
Unfortunately, the play in the field couldn’t keep up with the KoMets’ hot bats as Byron would hang 11 runs on the board and pick up a high-scoring 11-6 victory. After the game Mann believed that several factors were contributing in not being able to keep their opponents off the board.
“I think it’s a combination of young players at some pretty important positions in pitcher and shortstop,” Mann explained. “Errors are going to happen, but we just have to not let one mistake turn into five or six. That’s tough on any pitcher.”
The KoMets stand at 3-2 on the season after the first couple weeks and will have another busy week ahead of them. After hosting Goodhue on Monday and making up their game with Stewartville on Wednesday, K-M will host Northfield on Friday night. They’ll get two games in on Saturday morning as well when they take part in the Wabasha-Kellogg Triangular along with Rochester Century beginning at 9 a.m.
The KoMets will wrap up the week with road games at Hayfield on May 7, Rochester Lourdes on May 8 and Kenyon-Wanamingo on May 9. With all these games, K-M will be focused on its main goal to keep improving throughout the season.
“The girls are young and they’ll only improve,” Mann said. “I know they will continue to work hard. There’s a lot of games to be played yet and we have some time to iron out the wrinkles.”