Coaches - Softball

Raider Softball 2017 - Welcome Freshman

Annelies Dahmen is a 2015 graduate from North Thurston High School. Annelies maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.343 and received academic honors three years in a row. Annelies was a two sports athlete at North Thurston playing basketball and softball. Annelies was a four year varsity starter in softball. As a senior Annelies led her softball team to the state tournament. Annelies was named a first team All-League, 2nd-team All-League and honorable mention during her high school softball career. Annelies played varsity basketball three of her four years attending North Thurston High School. Annelies was named captain of her high school basketball team her senior year and also received “Softball Coach’s Award” as a junior and again as a senior. Annelies possesses a strong throwing arm, consistent glove, and productive and consistent bat.  Expect to see her at the hot corner and in somewhere in the middle of the batting order.

Shalyn Guthier graduated Cum Laude from Hilo High School on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2016 with a 3.4 GPA. While at Hilo High School Shalyn participated in Basketball, Softball and Volleyball.
Shalyn was voted basketball captain four years, 3 time basketball all region first team, all state basketball honorable mention, softball 4 year varsity captain, 3 time all region softball first team, all state softball honorable mention, teams best batting average (.478). Shalyn also volunteered for Special Olympics, and habitat for humanity. Shalyn comes to Pierce as primarily a corner infielder; however, she has been gaining experience behind the plate and at 2nd base as well. Shalyn has good speed and athleticism, above average arm strength and she hits for power.

Sharon Hazen is a 2016 graduate from Morton Jr. Sr. High School. Sharon graduated with a 3.68 GPA and was selected to National Honor Society her junior and senior years. As a sophomore, Sharon as named Honorable Mention All-League for softball. As a junior Sharon was voted Captain of the softball team and again was name Honorable Mention All-League. As a senior Sharon was voted Captain for a second time, named 2nd team All-League, CFCA Athlete of the week. Sharon also earned the Morton High School award for most athletic (Senior Year), Morton High School Scholarship for athlete of the year (Senior Year) and MWPYA Scholarship for most athletic girl of the year (Senior Year).  In addition to her high school experience Sharon played her club ball for Flash Softball out of Chehalis WA.  Sharon is a quickly improving player with a good arm, good speed and she always impresses with her glove work and footwork around the bases as a middle infielder. Sharon comes to Pierce primarily as a shortstop but she has been getting repetitions and experience as a catcher and 2nd baseman as well.

Autumn Heitzman graduated in 2016 from East Valley High School, Yakima WA. with a GPA of 3.98. While at East Valley, Autumn was on Varsity for four years, earning her varsity letter each year. Autumn also played club ball for the Canes (Ellensburg) where she spent most of her time either in the pitcher’s circle or in the outfield. Autumn just coming off of shoulder surgery in March of 2016 and she is excited  to make an awesome comeback as a pitcher as well as an outfielder. Autumn had a very good fall in the circle and continues to improve as a pitcher, a position player and hitter as well. Autumn is a very physically strong player and her power at the plate has improved dramatically since the end of January. Expect to see Autumn in the pitcher’s circle and in the outfield.

Kendra Meritt graduated from Orting High school in 2016 with a 3.2 GPA. Kendra was named Student of the month in February 2015. As a senior Kendra earned 2nd Team All-League honors at 3rd base and was voted Team Captain as well. Kendra played club ball for Mosquito Squad, Synergy and was a regular pickup player for Washington Thunder in 2016.  Kendra has shown good versatility on the infield during fall taking reps at 3rd, 2nd and 1st base. Kendra is a good hitter who hits for power and average as well.

MaKayla Parkinson is a 2016 graduate from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho. MaKayla graduated with high honors and received a 3.65 GPA. She received her red cords for blood donation and donated time to school blood drives. In Kayla's sophomore year she led her team to the 3A District championship. She is a strong right handed pitcher and she also plays outfield. She is a four year varsity member and a three year varsity starter, batting first in the lineup all four years. Senior year MaKayla  received an Athlete of the Week award. MaKayla is a weight room warrior who continues to push herself to improve as a softball player. Kayla has good speed and is in the process of becoming a full-time slap hitter. Kayla continues to improve her skills as an outfielder and is working hard to perfect her pitches.

Holiday Ribac graduated Cum Laude from Kapolei High School (Oahu) in 2016 with a 3.1 GPA. Holiday was named to Honorable Mention All-League as a senior. Holiday played her club ball for Hawaii Pearls.  Holiday has exceptional speed and agility and a plus arm. Holiday hits for average but has considerable power as well. Holiday is always a threat on the bases to steal or take an extra base on an outfielder. Holiday spent most of fall at second base; however, expect to see the majority of Holiday’s field time in the outfield where her range solidifies the outfield. Expect to see Holiday towards the top of the lineup where her speed can change the game.

Kelby Smith graduated of Rogers High School in Puyallup in 2016 with a 3.0 GPA.
Kelby received her teams Most Improved Player Award for 2016. Kelby and her Rogers Rams softball team made District Playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016 Kelby played in on state playoff appearance in 2016.  Kelby suffered a serious knee injury at the start of the softball season in her junior year and she was not cleared for full participation until the following December. After years of dedication and service to Northwest Wildcats, Kelby came over to Washington Thunder 18A during the fall of her senior year. Kelby was almost exclusively an outfielder for Wildcats and for her high school team. However, at Washington Thunder she played shortstop, second base and outfield.  Kelby is an extremely hard worker in the weight room and seems to be driven to not only return to her pre-injury status but to become bigger, stronger and faster than most would have thought possible. Expect to see Kelby in the outfield and get some playing time in the infield as well. Kelby is good hitter with power, which is exactly what she demonstrated during the fall season.

Tavian Taketa graduated from Kealakehe High School on the Big Island of Hawaii with a 3.0 GPA
Tavian was the varsity shortstop for all four years and was named First Team All-Conference for 3 of those four years. Tavian played her club ball for RBI Hawaii and she played in 3 RBI World Series.  Tavian is a fast, athletic middle infielder with quick hands and a strong throwing arm. Tavian showed consistent improvement at the plate during fall and since. Expect to see Tavian towards the top of the order complementing sophomore leadoff hitter Emily Bishop. Putting Tavian near the top of the order can put a lot of pressure on a defense.

Natalie Vollandt attended White River High School in Buckley, Washington. Natalie graduated in 2016 with a GPA of 3.7. Natalie was a four-year varsity starter on the softball team at White River. Natalie received Honorable Mention her freshman year. She earned 2nd team infield her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Natalie and her team made it to the 2A state tournament four years in a row, where they placed 2nd in the year 2015. Natalie earned the Academic Award at the end of each of her four years of high school. Natalie also was awarded the coach’s award “MVT” (Most Valuable Teammate). She was a utility player for Washington Thunder 18A for the past three years where Natalie pitched, played 1st base, 2nd base and even appeared in the outfield a few times. Natalie has been working hard in the weight room and on the field as well. Natalie had a productive fall in the pitcher’s circle and continues to improve. Natalie is a talented defender and hitter, she not only hits for average but she possesses significant power as well.


Mark Edmonston
Head Softball Coach
253-912-2399 ext 8626

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