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Junior leads team despite struggles

Luke Olson

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Junior Haley Kodama, who plays on Pacific University’s softball team, has substantially improved her softball IQ during her time here. She credits it to the hard work from not only herself, but her teammates and coaches also.

While she is currently batting a .243 average, she leads the team in doubles with seven and also triples, with four. She has played in all 38 games this season and has been a consistent contributor to the Boxers on the field as a player and a leader.

“It is humbling to be considered a leader for such an amazing group of women,” Kodama said. “There are so many talented individuals on our team and each person leads this team in a unique way, so to be considered a leader is a blessing.”

While the team has been struggling this year, they will only have one senior graduating which shows a promising  future with a young team. The team had nine new starters at all positions on the field and they are gaining experience together. Kodama will be entering her senior season next year and has high hopes for the future softball team.

“I’m really excited for next year and the future of Boxer Softball,” Kodama said. ”We had a very young team this year and with only one player graduating, we will only be better in the coming seasons.”

The team still wants to finish the season strong and showed it with winning their last four out of five games including dominating wins over Willamette University with scores of 12-5 and 14-6.

“Hats off to the entire team and coaching staff because I could not think of a better way to end an arduous season than the way we ended it,” Kodama said. “My hope for the entire team going into the final weekend of games was that we would leave everything on the field and play for Allie, our senior and I think we definitely accomplished that.”

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