The Byron softball team earned its first victory of the season, a 12-6 win at Blooming Prairie April 15. BP is the defending state Class 1A champion, so the victory also gave the young Bears confidence.
"Our girls are really young, so just the ability to close out against a quality opponent was a big relief for the girls," said head coach Gary Prantner.
Byron started the season with three-straight losses, all against some of the best programs in the region.
The Bears dropped their opener against Kasson-Mantorville April 5, 10-0, then dropped a 8-5 contest against Stewartville the same day. Both of those games were held at RCTC.
In the third game of the season, Byron dropped a 9-3 decision against Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Byron April 8.
"On one hand, starting with those three teams is tough, but on the other hand, you have to play them at some point, so you might as well get them out of the way," Prantner said.
Against Stewartville, Takota Tierney went two for four at the plate for the Bears, while Emma Nelson went two for three.
Versus Blooming Prairie, Nelson hit her first home run and went three for five. Jamie Kanestadt also went three for five.