The Pacific University softball team wrapped up a season in which they finished seventh in the Northwest Conference with an 11-27 record overall. Losing only one senior to graduation this season gives head coach Liz Yandall hope for growth next season.
“Losing Allie Simms means losing great leadership,” Yandall said. “No one can be Allie. We will be looking for anyone to step up into their own type and style of leadership.”
Junior Cindy Chan praised Simms attitude as well and said, “she was a huge role model on our team, on the field and in the dugout.”
This past season two Boxers earned Honorable Mention All-Northwest. Junior Haley Kodama and freshman Becca Bernard were the honorees for the award.
“The girls have high expectations for themselves and when the hard work follows those expectations, it’s really exciting,” Yandall said.
The Boxers ended the season winning four of their last five conference games. Sophomore infielder Morgan Bookout earned conference player of the week honors during the last stretch of the season.
“The end of the season finally saw our offense stringing hits together and really taking advantage of momentum when it came our way,” Chan said.
Yandell said the team is very talented. and believed the end of the season showed that. Going into next season, Yandall hopes her team can continue to gel on the field despite having many different starters throughout the season.
“We saw a great jump in softball I.Q. this year to continue that growth into next year will be very important,” Yandell said.