Area softball headlines

Milaca softball players Natalie Bernard and Hannah Johnson were recently named to the St. Cloud Times All-Area Team for their efforts on the diamond this past spring.

Bernard, a senior who will move on to play at two-year Williston State College next year, batted .554 with five doubles, five triples and five home runs for the Wolves.

Her 27 runs batted in (RBI) led a Milaca squad that finished 11-6 and were runners-up to Becker in the Granite Ridge Conference. She started all four of her high school seasons for the Wolves and was all-conference three straight years.

Hannah Johnson completed her junior season by starting all 17 games for the Wolves this past spring. She went 11-6 and struck out 153 batters, while walking just 22 in 111.1 innings. She also batted .327 with six doubles and 12 RBI. In 25 varsity games she has 226 strikeouts.

Senior Allison Cieslak of Becker was named the Times All-Area Player of the Year.

Milaca 18U 

wins two more 

The Milaca 18U softball team earned two more wins on their summer season by toppling Albany in a doubleheader sweep on June 18.

In the first game Milaca got hot at the plate early on and scored five early runs to win 5-2. Hannah Johnson struck out 11 batters in five innings.

“Our hitting is really coming alive this summer,” said 18U coach Jenny Sommerlot. “We put the ball in play all through the batting order and made Albany come up with plays defensively.”

Milaca won again in game two against a younger Albany lineup, this time by a score of 16-2.

“We had to adjust to significantly slower pitching and the girls did a great job with it,” Sommerlot said.

Madison Shores pitched for Milaca, allowing two runs.