The Marysville-Pilchuck girls softball team hosted a jamboree for local teams including Marysville Getchell, Arlington and Lakewood.
With the unpredictable weather recently, each team looked happy to just be out on the field and competing with one another. The jamboree is set up so that each team faces three teams for two innings each. Each inning is a little bit different as they are used to represent game-time situations to get everyone up to speed for the upcoming season.
“We’re a lot younger this year, but we still have a lot of experience coming back from last year’s roster. It’ll be a little harder early on, but I think as long as we get some good production from our juniors and seniors we have a chance to get back to State,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Aaron Zachry.
After their incredible run into the State Tournament last year, the Tomahawks will enter the season with three seniors on their varsity roster including Kelsey Campbell, Sydney Zachry and Lilianne Fischer. Marysville-Pilchuck will look to Campbell to lead the young core in the outfield. Zachry is a vocal leader from the catcher position and will play a key role with the less-experienced pitching rotation. Fischer will be stepping in to pitch for the Tomahawks throughout the season as well as playing her main position, third base, where she earned first-team all-state honors last season.
“Our defense is looking really solid so far this year and as long as we are confident swinging the bats I think we’ll be good there too. I expect big things from them, but more importantly they expect big things this season. They should be able to go out and compete with everybody,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Mike Moran.
Marysville Getchell lost two seniors in the offseason but return the majority of their varsity roster that made it into the District Tournament last year. They will be led by their senior infield of Hannah Kranz, Emily Petermeyer, Thea Hatch and Shannon Patton. Kranz, third base, and Petermeyer, second base, will serve as the captains for the Chargers as they will look to lead them on the defensive side of the ball. Hatch, first base and pitcher, and Patton, catcher, will play huge roles at the plate as they return as Getchell’s best hitters.
“There were a few things I was surprised by today but I think it was good that we were able to work out some kinks and figure out what we need to work on. With having so many young girls it’s all about building that chemistry and developing that flow out on the field,” said Arlington Head Coach Ashleigh Beard.
The Eagles will be led by their big junior class including captain Brooklyn Lamie, Madisyn Estes and Tia Langley. Lamie will be Arlington’s primary pitcher as she will lead the team with her enthusiasm, and her control from the mound. Estes and Langley will operate in the infield as the cornerstones of the defense and the gold standard for the younger players.
“I’m glad we were able to get out here, work out the jitters and put in some work against some other teams. We want to compete in every game, improve every week and focus on facing one team at a time,” said Lakewood Head Coach Travis Boortz.
After losing two seniors from last year’s State Tournament team, the Cougars will return with three seniors and a young roster. They will be led by senior captain Olivia Poulton and their young playmakers RileyMae Swanson and Ashtyn Falor. Poulton will be the primary leader of the team and will be expected to play at a high level on both sides of the plate. The sophomores Swanson, pitcher, and Falor, catcher, will be asked to step up as young players and force opponents into low scoring outputs.
In Marysville-Pilchuck’s next home game they will be hosting the Mount Vernon Bulldogs on Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m.
If you want to support the Chargers, Marysville Getchell will host the Monroe Bearcats at home on Thursday, March 14, at 4 p.m.
The Eagles will have their first home game of the season against the Cascade Bruins on Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m.
If you want to cheer on Lakewood their next home game will be against the Squalicum Storm on Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.