Braham softball takes advantage of Florida sun

Senior Taylor Nordby throws a pitch in the warmth of Florida.  Photos courtesy of softball coach Rebecca Swanson

Senior Taylor Nordby throws a pitch in the warmth of Florida. Photos courtesy of softball coach Rebecca Swanson

Braham varsity and junior varsity girls got energized this past week. A select number of them recently flew back from a weeklong trip to Florida for sun, fun, practices and scrimmages. Braham participates every three years, and girls that want to go conduct fundraisers for the trip.

This is the fifth year the team went, and 12 girls got to play in the dirt, explore Disney and bond with the team March 20-26. One of them was freshman catcher Lizzie Altendorf.

“My favorite part was bonding with the team,” Altendorf said. This is the first year Altendorf, 14, will be catching, but she’s played with the girls for a while. “It was really nice because last year we didn’t get to practice outside a lot because of the snow,” she added.

The team has an advantage because they were able to get in some live pitching, batting and plays that other teams within the conference didn’t get the chance to.

Pitcher Taylor Nordby even got to scrimmage against her cousin, who plays for the Milaca team.

“It was nice to be outside practicing in the grass, on a field, because we probably won’t see that for a couple months because we got a lot of snow,” Nordby said. “We showed up (there) and it was 80°. It was freezing here.”

Coach Rebecca Swanson said that the trip is a great opportunity for the girls because some of them hadn’t been on a plane before the trip.

Twelve girls from the team went on the trip. In back, from left, are Lizzie Altendorf, Sara Pearson, Kayla Nickles, Angie Bendickson, Carely Lynch, Janessa Malone and Grace Zierden. In front, from left, are Marquee Mattson, Maddie Altendorf, Stormy Husnick and Taylor Nordby.

Twelve girls from the team went on the trip. In back, from left, are Lizzie Altendorf, Sara Pearson, Kayla Nickles, Angie Bendickson, Carely Lynch, Janessa Malone and Grace Zierden. In front, from left, are Marquee Mattson, Maddie Altendorf, Stormy Husnick and Taylor Nordby.

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