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Raider Softball is adding six outstanding freshmen to a squad that boasts nine experienced returning players for the 2016 season.
What is the most common question at this time of the year; what will the Raiders look like during the upcoming season? For the historians and alums out there you only have to look at 2011 to answer that question. Or, from a pure physical appearance similarities; look at 2008.
Wow, that’s pretty high praise and huge expectations go with it but the “Season Outlook” for this team is they can handle both the praise and the expectations.
Once again, the Raiders will be very athletic all over the field. Three freshmen throwers and MVP of the West, Anna Lennox make up the pitching staff. Two sophomore catchers, Savannah Brown and Lenessa are joined by All-State catcher Kailie Alama from Aiea High School on Oahu.
The outfield should look pretty similar to last season; who replaces Seattle Times All-Area player and Raider career homerun champ, Molly LaMotte is yet to be decided; however freshmen Seattle Times All-Area CF from Tahoma HS, Emily Bishop and Yelm HS MVP, Jessilyn Enlow are certainly in the mix to take those innings and both bring speed and good throwing arms to the position.
We should really talk about who to watch at the conclusion of fall ball; however just based on practice, get a good seat and check out the Raider shortstop, Kailey Nobriga.
Let’s revisit the pitching for the moment and let’s focus on the freshmen; Bailey Bradley is an All-State performer from Hoquiam High School and Washington Thunder 18A. Bailey is a hard thrower who is looking to refine her skills as a pitcher and she is making strides towards those goals. Jessilyn Enlow has all the pitches, she throws strikes and she completes, for Jessilyn her task is to become a little bigger, stronger and faster so she can handle the rigors of college ball. Last but not least; Jordan Roberts; Jordan comes to us with a reputation as a high average hitter and a slick pitcher who keeps the ball down in the zone and hits her spots. Jordan is in the process of remodeling most, if not all of her pitches. Having said that Jordan has made great strides, added pitches, refined pitches and found ways to add movement to her pitches. All the freshmen pitchers have changes that need to be made and those changes are already well underway. It should be fun to see where they are by spring.
Once a Raider always a Raider.
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