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Arlington softball prepares for season


It’s softball season and the Arlington Eagles are looking to start fresh after a completely revamped roster.

Over this last offseason, the Eagles lost seven key seniors and their shortstop. With so much turnover the majority of the team will consist of freshmen players, and with that comes a lot of rebuilding. With 10 freshmen and three second-year players, Coach Eng will be facing an uphill battle to get everyone on the same page.

“I am totally excited about starting a new team. Start fresh and find out the personalities and chemistry. It’s exciting to see how this team is going to go for the next three years or so. The fun part of coaching new kids is that they are all young and all want to learn. They’re sponges and they soak up all the stuff that you teach them. At this point they are all diamonds in the rough, and we will be looking at how fast they develop. Once the season starts on Feb. 27, there is not much time to develop them and pull it together. It’s a whole new experience so we will be focusing on the basics and finding our tolerances,” said Arlington Head Coach Dan Eng.

Last year the Eagles finished with a league record of 10-7, and an overall record of 10-12. Obviously with a new roster many people are counting them out, but they will look to prove them wrong. In an extremely tough division Arlington will try to find their chemistry early and take each game as it comes.

The first games of the season will be during the M-PHS Jamboree on Saturday, March 11, starting at 10 a.m., at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The Eagles will get their first tests as they go against local powerhouses such as the Tomahawks and the Snohomish Panthers.


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