Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta softball coach Mary Holberg submitted an article highlighting her four seniors on the Tiger squad this spring. The seniors included Carissa Oberg, Macee Libbesmeier, Mackenzie Hockel and Mackenna Kehoe.
Carissa is an important leader and offensive player for us. She leads quietly and calmly, but is an aggressive hitter at the plate. Last year she always made contact with the ball. In 2019, Carissa performed very well as our designated hitter. She ended her junior year hitting .383 with 18 base hits, 3 doubles and 1 home run. A letter winner, she contributed 20 RBI’s. Carissa battled at the plate, usually going deep into the count, and making solid contact with the ball. Defensively, she contributed at 3rd base and caught prior to her junior year. Carissa’s goals this year were to make it to the final game of sections, and become stronger by hitting .400 as an average. This spring she was named All State Academic. Carissa will attend NDSU next fall majoring in Exercise Science and Athletic Training.
Macee is a positive and enthusiastic leader. She encourages her teammates and brings her enthusiasm to the field and into the dugout on a daily basis. This is evident in her team goals. She wanted to work hard as a team, grow future state champions, and play no matter what, building each other up. Macee always makes practices and games fun for her teammates and coaches. A letter winner, last year Macee played 3rd base. Macee was always willing to do what was best for the team. She had a fielding percentage of .881 with 27 assists and 10 putouts. Macee has a strong arm and a very quick release. As a hitter, she hit .381 with 8 hits and 5 RBI’s. Macee will attend NDSU next year and will major in Agribusiness.
Kenzie is a strong player who leads on the field by example. She is a three year letter winner in softball, and for the past two years was a West Central Conference all conference selection. Kenzie can cover territory in the outfield and has a very strong arm. Defensively, in the past two seasons, Mackenzie had 4 assists, and 21 putouts from right field. Offensively, Mackenzie has been a power hitter. She can hit for base hits, but has the power to blast a ball over the fence. In her career as a Tiger, she has recorded 128 at bats, 48 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple and 3 home runs and 39 RBI’s. She has a career batting average of .375 and has a .465 on base percentage. This past spring Mackenzie received All State Academic Honors. She will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona and majoring in advertising and marketing.
Mackenna is a player who strives for excellence. As a junior, Mackenna pitched 46 innings, with 6 wins and 1 loss. Mackenna displayed poise and determination as she came into some difficult situations and pitched in important games. She gave up 58 hits, 27 runs, 5 walks and recorded 28 strikeouts. Defensively she had 7 putouts and 10 assists. Offensively, Mackenna averaged .308 with 13 at bats, 4 hits, and 1 home run. Last year Mackenna was selected as all conference honorable mention, as well as lettering. Kenna’s goals for this year were to play as a team and make it far into the play-offs. She stated her individual goal as a pitcher was to record 3 strikeouts per game. Mackenna plans to attend M State at Fergus Falls, major in elementary education and play softball for the Spartans.