What to expect from the Raiders in 2017? A return to the playoffs!
The Raider Softball team failed to make the playoffs last season, for the first time since 2005, and it is paramount in the minds of all involved to make sure this was a one year absence.
This year the Raider squad has 3 returning sophomores, one transfer and 10 freshmen. Emily Bishop played every game in 2016 in centerfield and she hit a stellar .520 in the leadoff position. Emily is definitely a player to watch. Expect to see super utility player Kailie Alama behind the plate a lot and Bailee Bradley pitching key innings and locking down one of the corner infield positions. All three of these returners have played in their respective state's and division's state high school championship games and all were key contributors to their high school teams' success.
Transfer student Annelies Dahmen is another veteran of the Washington State High School Championships. After spending her freshman year in Colorado, she chose to return home and attend Pierce College. Annelies impressed throughout the fall season, putting her arm, bat and versatility on display.
The outfield looks fast, athletic and possesses strong and accurate arms. The infield has depth and versatility, and the pitching staff is deep, making the Raiders strong contenders in the North Region.
The key word to describe the 2017 Raider squad is balance. The defense has speed and power, the offense can hit for power and seems to be adept at running short-game. In the Fall season the Raiders displayed stellar defense at every position and the pitching staff proved they are a group who is determined to compete on every pitch and improve as individual players. Base running looks to be a team strength as well.