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Caledonia – Reaching the state softball finals for the first time isn’t good enough for Caledonia. The Fighting Scotts are determined to take that next step.
Caledonia returns eight starters from a team that reached the Division 1 final last season including a player who is among the 10 players listed in State Champs player of the year contest sponsored by Total Softball.
Sammie Gehrls is a 5-10 sophomore who batted .540 with 15 home runs as a freshman. Gehrls was 21-2 on the mound and will again be counted on to have a stellar season.
“She’s a great kid to coach,” coach Tom Kaechele said. “She’s a positive person and a great teammate.”
In Caledonia’s opener this season Gehrls went 4-4 with a home run and a double.
In what promises to be a wide open race for the Division 1 title, Caledonia is State Champs’ No. 1 team in its first statewide poll for 2016.
Kaechele said this team has more speed and depth than the one he had a season ago.
“After losing in the final they’re working hard to get back and win it,” he said.
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