Adaptive softball: Rochester Raiders season preview
Head coach: Tom Brown, 1st year
Conference: Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association Southern Division
Last season: The Raiders finished first in the Southern Division with a 10-1 record. They went on to place fourth at the state tournament
Top returners: Starters back include Blake Hillman (pitcher), Kirk Peterson (infielder), Dayne Bailey (infielder), Kariya Mohamud (catcher), Matthew Horsman (outfielder).
Potential new starters/key reserves: Noah Johnson (infielder), Bradley Tischer (infielder), Garrison Israelson (outfielder), Jacob Elegbede (outfielder), Sam Dunn (outfielder), Stuart Batterson (outfielder), Nick Geving (outfielder), William Adamson (outfielder), Eric Schaller (outfielder).
Top newcomers: Calvin Rowland (outfielder), Joseph Hansen (infielder), Tyrah Rostad (infielder).
Season outlook: The Raiders should again be a top contender for the Southern Division title. With a strong mix of veteran players included with the newcomers, the team should again be in the mix for a state title as well.
Tom Brown is in his first season as the head coach after assisting the program in the past.
The Dakota United Hawks should be the team to beat on the state level.
Coach’s comments: “We are really excited about this year’s team,” Brown said. “We have five players with a lot of experience coming back; they will be able to help lead us. The players have been doing really well in practice. We’re hoping that hard work will help us be successful in game situations.”
— GUY N. LIMBECK