Softball preview 2023: YME Sting bank on its seniors for a successful season

Aria Peters and Hannah Stark lead the way as Sting intend to improve upon last year’s 10-13 record

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YME junior Aria Peters keeps an eye on the plate while getting a lead on second base during a Camden Conference game against MACCRAY on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Raymond.
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GRANITE FALLS — Behind senior leaders Aria Peters and Hannah Stark, Yellow Medicine East Sting will look to build on its 2022 season, where the Sting finished with a 10-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Camden Conference.

Peters and Stark both return as four-year softball starters for YME.

“(Aria and Hannah) are expected to lead the team both offensively and defensively,” said Jen Sneller, who enters her 11th season as YME’s head coach.

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YME eighth-grader Bayli Sneller watches the ball go by during a first-round game in the Section 3A-North playoffs against BBE on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Murdock.
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Peters, a catcher and shortstop, will serve as YME’s defensive leader. Stark, a third baseman, led the Sting offensively with a .323 batting average in 2022.

“(Aria)’s a smart ball player, who understands defensive situations and has a great arm,” Sneller said. “(Hannah) has a great glove at third base and is an aggressive base runner.”


Alongside Peters and Stark, YME returns five freshmen starters to its lineup in 2023. They include: pitcher Bayli Sneller, first baseman Hope Stark, second baseman Abbie Winter, shortstop/catcher Alana Almich and outfielder Ella Cherveny.

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Sneller threw half of YME’s innings last season, striking out 80 batters in 51 innings. While she was not on the mound, the freshman hit for a .219 batting average.

Winter will also see a lot of innings this season when Sneller exits the circle.

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YME junior Hannah Stark slides into home for a run during a first-round game in the Section 3A-North playoffs against BBE on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Murdock.
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YME finished in seventh place in the Camden Conference in 2022. The top three teams in the conference were Lac qui Parle Valley (15-2), Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (15-3) and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (13-5).

YME Sting schedules

April 13 at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m.

April 14 vs. Ortonville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

April 18 vs. Canby/Minneota, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

April 20 at KMS, 4:30 p.m.


April 25 at LQPV, 4:30 p.m.

April 27 vs. MACCRAY, 4:30 p.m.

April 29 at Red Rock Central Tournament, 9 a.m.

May 2 vs. Lakeview, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

May 4 vs. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

May 9 at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

May 11 at BOLD/RCW, 4:30 p.m. (Olivia Campus)

May 15 at Dawson-Boyd, 4:30 p.m.

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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