Hitting off the Pacific softball preseason, a mix of new and returning players hit the field eager to build a new team and improve their skills.
Preseason pratices taught the team that fundamentals are the key to success. The preaseason also helped them prepare for the 2012 season.
“We have been doing a lot of basic drills, because we want to eliminate as many errors as possible during games. We also have a conditioning program to increase our strength and endurance and to limit the chances of injury. Hitting is also something that we can always improve,” said freshman outfield and infielder Kaitlyn Shikada.
While the ladies are improving their techniques, the four senior leaders, Jordan Mittelsdorf, Chelsey Chamberlain, Lauren Tuey and Ashley Billingsley, use past experiences to inspire and encourage the rest of the team.
“I always look to be a leader by example which means always doing things right and being positive,” said pitcher Chelsey Chamberlain.
An even mix of eight returning players and eight freshmen have created a team ready for a successful season, yet the team had to form its own chemistry.
“I love all the new players. Each and every one of them has contributed immensley to this program as I’m sure they will continue to do. It’s awesome having all of this new talent on our team,” said sophomore pitcher Shannon Miller.
This great team structure has helped freshmen players transition into the college softball scene.
“College athletics are always a big jump from high school, but once we step on the field, it’s the same game we’ve come to know and love. I have been enjoying college softball very much. This team is amazing. We are looking forward to a great season,” said Shikada.
With a bonded team, head coach Tim Hill looks forward to the season.
“Our primary goal is to qualify for the league playoffs. We must finish in the top 4 to accomplish that,” said Hill.
The players want to succeed in every one of their games, yet there is one match that stands out on the schedule.
“As always, I’m looking forward to playing Linfield and Willamette. We really want to beat them,” said Chamberlain.
“Those games can get pretty intense.”

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