Women's fastpitch ready for start of new season

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

Highline's women's softball started up a new season by knocking the dust off, losing a double header to Big Bend and splitting two games against Lower Columbia. 

Highline ended the season at 22-23, and 18-14 in league play, last year finishing, 1-2 in the NWAC Championship Tournament.

Highline took a long bus ride to Big Bend this past weekend in their season opener Friday, 17-16, and 19-18. In both games the team stayed competitive.   

"It was a long drive there and the girls were tired and Big Bend had already played in five or so games, so they were ready to play. We were leading going into the bottom of the seventh inning but we could not close it out," said Head Coach Jason Evans. 

With the season starting back up, the coaching staff is trying to find the most effective unit to have start in the games.

"We have a good core of sophomores to lead the team and I believe in the starting unit we have currently," said Evans. 

The team retained some of the great talent from last year in Rosie Delrosario, who will be No. 1 pitcher, Jenny Hovland will play outfield and Kelsey Wullger will hold down first base.   

The T-Birds later hosted Lower Columbia at home the following day, winning the first game 8-7 and losing the second game 8-3.  

In the first game, Hovland led the team with three hits with Clark and Delrosario followed with two. Delrosario had a good game as pitcher having six strikeouts.  

Highline was able to go up 8-4 going into the fifth inning, holding the Red Devils to only three runs for the rest of the game.   

"We felt good about them. They are a much shorter team than us. We need to clear up the errors and that may have changed the results," said Evans.

The coach and team are confident that they will clean all of the mistakes up and continue to become a dominant team.  

"I could see us being very competitive. I think it's going to be a dog fight between us Bellevue and Edmonds," said Evans about the league competition. 

Highline will head off on another road trip tomorrow to Walla Walla, who are 7-1 on the season and currently on a four-game winning streak. 

"I know [Walla Walla] have a small team. They brought in a new recruiting coach. They are going to be a bigger team, but that does not mean the talent is going to be better," said Evans. 

The double-header will take place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College. 

Highline will also play in the Inter-Regional Tournament in Lacey, March 10 and 11, times to be determined.  

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