MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Mankato West softball team is ranked number one in the state, as the Scarlets try to get back to the state tournament.
We caught up with the one-loss squad earlier this week.
“We always want to get better, we talk about getting one percent better everyday. If we do that, we’ll be fine. We just want to come and do our best each and every time out. For the most part, we’ve been able to do that," said Don Krusemark, Mankato West head coach.
The Scarlets are no stranger to the state tournament, but last year, the squad fell in the section title game to a tough Faribault squad that eventually went on to win the Class AAA state championship.
West bounced back from last season’s disappointment, and is one of the hottest teams in the state with a 16-1 record including a win over the defending state champion Falcons.
“Last year, they took us down in the second game of the championship. We’re looking for revenge, we beat them in 14 innings the other day. We need good pitch selection. I think just keeping with our fundamentals, what we know how to do. We’ll be just fine," said Kenzie Grunst, Mankato West senior infielder.
“I think we’re all excited to give it our best. We’re a good team, good program. We’re excited,” said Madi Mueller, Mankato West junior outfielder.
“We want to win the section, and we want to do well in the state tournament. In order to get there, it’s going to be a lot of work. I think the experience helps, but we just want to do as well as we can each and every day," said Krusemark.
The Scarlets have already won the Big 9 conference championship this season, and will try to add some more hardware once postseason play begins.