Despite a rough start, the girls’ softball team has hit a hot streak and is looking to make the playoffs, mainly due to team effort and freshmen pitcher Lunden Young.
Growing up, Young didn’t have to put a lot of effort into sports because she was naturally very athletic.
“My earliest memory was with ribbons in my hair hitting off a tee at age four. After that I never stopped playing,” Young said.
Young played many sports through her high school years including basketball, which she lettered in.
“I come from a really sports driven family, my brothers played and my mom and dad all had their own sports,” Young said. “My dad was the one that really pushed me into it.”
Just a little over a year ago Young finished her senior season at Lewiston High School in Idaho. Coming off a strong senior season, she committed to Pierce College.
The hardest part of the recruitment process was getting attention from colleges when Young lived in a small town with a population of less than 32,000.
“The main thing that I liked about Pierce is that I was getting far away from Lewiston. The coaches also really knew a lot about pitching and that really attracted me,” Young said. “I also wanted to go somewhere that I would play and not just sit.”
Young has made many strides as a freshman, holding a current starting record of 6-4 with an ERA of 3.95.
Young has met some challenges while going through the transition of playing high school softball to college. The biggest shock has been the year round training and softball practice. Young was accustomed to just playing a few months out of the year.
“I’ve been living with like six hours of sleep a night,” Young said
With passing grades and softball 24/7, Young has had to sacrifice sleep.
“When I came here I could only throw a fast ball, change up and a curve. The coaches helped me develop a rise and variation of other pitches and a big thing they have taught me is mental toughness,” Young said.
Young believes that the leadership from the two captains Aryn Knutsen and Candice Vela has led to the success of the team and her growth as a player.
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