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Prep baseball preview: Northwood/Solon Springs

NSS has its sights set on the postseason.

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Northwood/Solon Springs’ Kaden Corlett (15) fires a pitch in the third inning of their playoff game with Mellen Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Solon Springs.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Head coach: Nate Ahlberg

Assistant coaches: Matt Hager and Marcus Besonen

Returning players: Senior P/2B Colby Latvala; senior 3B Gage Blaylock; senior OF/C Syver Gulbrandsen; sophomore P/SS Abe Ahlberg; sophomore P/OF Kaden Corlett; sophomore C/OF Dylan Taggart.

New faces to watch: Senior IF/DH Brady Krmpotich; sophomore P/1B Tanner Carlson; sophomore P/1B Isaiah Kastern; freshman OF/IF Jared Schultz.

What are the team's biggest strengths?

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"Pitching and defense will be our strengths this season. Kaden (4-1, 24 IP, 1.75 ERA, .125 Opp batting avg., 45 strikeouts) and Abe (4-1, 29 2/3 IP, 1.65 ERA, .188 Opp. batting avg, 43 strikeouts) will start the bulk of our games," coach Nate Ahlberg said. "They are a tough pair and most teams will have to face one of them ... We also have very solid defense behind those pitchers and excellent defensive catchers."

What are the biggest obstacles they will have to overcome?

"We lost three first-team all-conference players to graduation: Collin Krmpotich, Drake Debeir and Ben Monson. Those three batted 2-3-4 in our lineup last year and provided lots of offense for us. We will need to replace that run-scoring production," Ahlberg said.

Coach's assessment

"We have the pitching and defense that is unmatched in our conference and regional. We expect to win both of those again this year and return to sectionals," Ahlberg said. "We will face a tough test there as either No. 1 ranked Eau Claire Regis or No. 3 ranked Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran will be there. Playing at sectionals last year will provide us with great experience heading into those games."

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