Cotter senior Isabel Northrup swings on Monday during the Rambler’s rout against Dover-Eyota.
by BEN MCLEOD
The Cotter girls varsity softball team finally took to the field on Monday, April 23, and they really took the field. They could not have asked for a more perfect day for their season and home opener, and it felt so good they decided to whomp Dover-Eyota 9-0. “It was a great start to our season,” said coach Pat Bowlin. “Our girls have been ready for three weeks to play, and finally had the chance.” And it showed on the diamond.
The Ramblers started early, with all nine runs in the first four innings. Cotter pitcher Isabel Northrup threw a three-hit shutout, giving up zero walks and striking out 12 Dover-Eyota batters. On the other side she stepped up for two hits with two RBIs. Eighth grader Alison French landed five RBIs in 3-4. “Isabel Northrup was dominant in the circle,” praised Bowlin, “Ali French had a spectacular start to her varsity career.” It has been a late start for the Ramblers, but they appear to have put the time to good use, and should be a team to watch in 2018.