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M-PHS girls look for another strong season on the diamond


The Marysville-Pilchuck girls softball team had a very successful season last year as they finished with a 12-6 league record and an overall record of 14-9, and look to continue that success this year.

With a strong regular season they managed a playoff berth and kicked it off with a big win in the first round. Unfortunately, they lost their next two games, including a one-run loss in a must-win game.

During the offseason, the Tomahawks graduated two seniors off of their varsity roster but return the majority of their starting lineup. They seem to be pretty balanced as they have three seniors, three juniors and three sophomores returning. With multiple years of varsity experience, Marysville-Pilchuck looks to have one of the strongest rosters in the league.

“They’re pumped up for this season and the talent is there. We have a very deep team but we have to compete and focus on the little things. Gelling as a team will be huge and they need to do a really good job of talking to each other and having that chemistry,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Aaron Zachry.

The senior duo of Mckenzie Justice and Chloe Morgan will look to improve on their monster junior years and lead the Tomahawks from both sides of the plate. Justice pitched, essentially, every game last season and dominated with her ability to hit with power. This year she will be able to rest her arm a little more and focus on her skills working in the infield. Morgan owned her role as the leadoff batter for the team last season and is looking to improve in that spot. With an incredible batting average and great base running she will put the Tomahawks in good situations early on.

Another key player will be junior pitcher and third baseman Lillian Fischer. She missed all of last season with a back injury but will take the pressure off of Justice as the second pitcher in rotation. Fischer will also put up some runs for the Tomahawks as one of their stronger batters.

“The Wesco North plays really good softball, so we get the benefit of being able to matchup with strong competition all year. I think that will set us up well for late season success,” said Coach Zachry.

Two seasons ago the Tomahawks finished fifth in State but failed to make it to the tournament last year. This season Marysville-Pilchuck has their eyes set on a State Title.

If you want to support the Tomahawks they will be getting their first taste of action during their jamboree on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m.


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