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What will the Raiders look like in 2013? Direct and to the point; maturity and experience is the hallmark of the 2013 Pierce College Raider Softball Team. In stark contrast to the 2012 season when the Raiders only had two returning players, this years team has 9 returning sophomores and 3 transfers. The Raiders won’t have last years extraordinary speed at the top of the lineup; however, there will be an infusion of power, and there is athleticism throughout the lineup.
The 2013 Raider Softball team will be built around pitching and defense. Returning from last years pitching staff are Lunden Young who was first team Western Region All-Star and Kierston Perry who was a second team Western Region All-Star. The two returning starters from the left side of the infield, Ashley Bezdicek and Jorden Steele were also 1st team Western Region All-Stars and they will anchor the defense this season.
Following an extremely productive fall season the Raiders are anxious to get on the field in 2013. The fall season saw 20 Raiders take the field, 5 pitchers logged innings in the circle, four catchers got valuable playing time, four different Raiders played shortstop, four players played second base, four players saw time at first base and five players got experience at 3rd base. Additionally, at least four players did double duty on the infield and in the outfield. Here's the bottom line; the Raiders have depth at every position, with experienced college players everywhere to help bring along the freshmen class.
Players to watch? The returning Western Region All-Stars are the obvious choice or choices. However, the best answer is the player who improves the most over
winter is the player to watch. The player that can balance the academic workload along with the athletic workload is certainly a player to watch and the player who feels the need to push her teammates and is pushed by her teammates is a player to watch. Who is that person.... does she exist? Well we are about to find out.