Even though Lodi prep softball team finished the spring just 6-16 overall, the Blue Devils showed signs of turning things around under first-year coach Allie Taylor.
“This year’s team was memorable because of the unique blend of personalities and our ability to laugh and joke with one another,” Taylor said.
The Lady Blue Devils finished 1-9 in the Capitol North Conference. Their only win was an 11-3 decision over Watertown Luther Prep on April 30.
Lodi had a tough start to the season. The Blue Devils dropped their first five games of the year and had just one win in the first nine games.
The Lady Blue Devils started to turn things around midway through the season with wins over Mauston (15-1), Marshall (5-3), Cambridge (11-1) and Luther Prep over a five-game span.
Lodi dropped its final five games of the regular season, but nearly pulled off an upset in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. The Blue Devils dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to McFarland in a regional opener.
“I loved seeing the fight that our team showed in our playoff game,” Taylor said. “It was awesome to see Jayden (Kolinski) throw the best that she had all season long.”
Kolinski led the Blue Devils both at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle. She batted a team-best .391 with 17 runs and six RBIs, while pitching she was 4-14 with a 5.032 earned run average, 103 strikeouts and 64 walks.
Dylann Harrington (.333) and Emma Krumpen (.323) were the only other starters to hit over .300.
Adrianna Lee and Kolinski led the Blue Devils with 17 runs scored, while Krumpen had a team-high 15 RBIs. Kolinski and Katie Stoltenberg both recorded a team-high six doubles.
Taylor was pleased with the leadership provided by the Blue Devils’ senior class.
“Our seniors did a good job staying positive throughout the season and working to leave the program better than they left it,” Taylor said.
With a solid core returning next season, the Lady Blue Devils will be looking for their first winning season in over 10 years.
“I’m looking forward to next season because we will be returning a lot of seniors who now have a whole season of playing under their belts,” Taylor said.