Youthful Raiders striving to improve

Raiders are just above .500 at midway point of the 2014 season

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

Pierce Raiders softball head coach Mark Edmonston is optimistic about his team’s chances for continued success in the second half of the season.

The Raiders, who boast a 10-9 record, are gearing up for the second half of the regular season with several Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges West contests. The Raiders recently swept a doubleheader on April 4 in Des Moines. The Raiders won the first game 10-0 and the second 6-1.

“Highline is a pretty serious rivalry for us,” Edmonston said. “That was probably our most complete effort and best performance of this season so far. We handled them pretty easily. I was really happy with the way we played.”

Molly LaMotte of Enumclaw had two home runs against Highline in the doubleheader. Edmonston said this year’s Raiders squad is much less experienced than the 2013 team.

“We had nine sophomores on the team last year and six of those players moved on to play at four-year colleges. This year we have three sophomores and the rest of the team is freshmen,” Edmonston said. “We have pretty much a whole new team. The difference between having nine sophomores and three sophomores is huge but we’re coming a long really well.”

Edmonston said sophomores Michaela Heileson, Brittanie Halquist and Courtney Cox have made a point to help mentally prepare the freshmen for the stretch run of the season.

“They’re showing them the ropes and have been helping them prepare for the workload ahead. We will be playing two to three doubleheaders per week,” he said.

Edmonston said freshmen left-handed pitcher Karlee Rose Perry and Kelsi Goodwin have been mainstays in the pitching circle.

“Karlee has seven wins for us and Kelsi has rebounded from a knee injury she had in high school and is doing quite well,” he said.

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com

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