Salute to Seniors — Chi-Hi Softball
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Salute to Seniors | Chi-Hi Softball

Salute to Seniors — Chi-Hi Softball

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Chi-Hi softball seniors

Chi-Hi seniors (from left) Ambrea Olson, Nicole Crumbaker, Alisia Palms and Jayden Hodgson were all key contributors for the Cardinals last season in a Division 1 state qualifying season.

The Salute to Seniors series takes a look at seniors from spring sports teams that were unable to play this spring because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest submission comes from the Chi-Hi softball team and coach Kate Fjelstad.

Seniors Alisia Palms, Ambrea Olson, Jayden Hodgson and Nicole Crumbaker were set for their final prep sports season this spring.

Palms was set to move to shortstop this spring for the Cardinals after playing behind the plate for Cardinals previously, and she earned All-Big Rivers Conference honorable mention accolades as a sophomore and junior. Olson blasted four home runs for the Cardinals a season ago as the program made its 13th trip to the state tournament and was expected to see more time at first base this spring.

Crumbaker was prepared to take the majority of the starts in the circle as pitcher for the Cardinals, and she earned second team all-conference honors as a junior as well as all-district first-team honors. Hodgson was prepared to move to center field for the Cardinals while batting atop the Chi-Hi lineup and was a first team all-conference and all-district selection along with an all-state honorable mention choice a season ago.

Palms, Hodgson and Crumbaker were all selected to play in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association’s senior all-star game in June before the event was canceled. All four players will take part in a senior showcase hosted by the WFSCA Aug. 3-4 in Wisconsin Dells.

“These four have stepped up not only as impact players for our team, but are amazing mentors and leaders to our underclassman,” Fjelstad said. “They have been leading open gyms and working with younger kids when they come in. They have learned the art of ‘Fungo’ hitting (tossing it up and hitting it for infield drills) some better than others.”

Any coaches that want more information or to submit information on their team’s seniors, reach out to Brandon Berg (brandon.berg@lee.net).

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