With preseason already underway, the women’s softball team showed no mercy last Friday in their double header against Walla Walla University.

The lady Boxers hit three homeruns in the first game and two in the second game, giving the Boxers five homeruns to start off their season.
“This first game we weren’t tested, so we can’t pinpoint what areas we need to specifically work on, but we did need that taste of the game situation,” said Head Coach Tim Hill.
With eight new freshman, making up more than half the squad, Hill is confident that his young team is ready to get the job done and that the team is “doing fine.”
“We have a good mix of women on this team,” said Hill. “Everyone is working hard and we all come together for one common goal, which gives us an advantage of no class distinction on the field; everyone is equal.”
This 2011 season has a strong emphasis on playing together as a team, defense and pitching.
He said that needs to be the improvement for the team to focus on the most from last year.

As for pitching, the preparation in the off-season up until now has gone well and the team, along with the coaches, are aware what improvements will be needed.

“If we play under control mentally, we will play under control physically,” said Hill.

First baseman, junior Ashley Billingsley said that there is more team unity this year and even though they graduated good talent, they have also gained good talent.

“I want to improve my play,” said Billingsley. “I had the most double hits on the team last year and I want to beat that this season.”

Designated hitter and pitcher, junior Chelsey Chamberlain said that prior to season, the five pitchers and pitching staff met three times a week for practices.

Chamberlain also said that with their good work ethic, they plan to be solid in the circle.

This season, the softball team has only two seniors, Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen and Brooke Toy.

According to Hill, both play different roles for the team, but overall, both have done what has been asked of them and have set a good example for the rest of the team.

On Feb. 18, the Boxers face Eastern Oregon at the Sherman-Larkins Stadium, as well as the College of Idaho and Oregon Tech Saturday, Feb. 19 in Gresham, Ore.

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