The women’s softball team is off to a slow start following one of their best seasons.
Last year saw the Raiders complete their best season since 1983 with a 27-3 record, easily winning their division. However, they failed to make a big impact in the playoffs and finished in fifth place.
The Raiders finished their non-league play with a record of 2-10 but have started to gain momentum after going 4-2 so far in league play. This change is due to the increase of hits in their games.
Their disappointing record in pre-season could be because of the harsh schedule they received according to Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. They played some of the best teams in the entire NWAACC.
“They are very balanced. Solid hitting and balanced pitching nothing overpowering,” Stevenson said.
The majority of the players last year were sophomores, graduating their whole pitching line up and infielders. The Raiders have a total of two sophomores this year.
“The team was much more dominating but this year they are much more consistent which might carry them farther. Their competiveness has also been a key factor,” said Stevenson.
The two returning players, Candice Vela and Aryn Knutsen, have helped move the team in the right direction, according to Head Coach Mark Edmonston. Knutsen has had the best season thus far and is currently the athlete of the month. Their leadership has contributed to the growth of the team’s chemistry.
“We have shown excellence in every phase of the game, now we need to be able to do all those things consistently,” Edmonston said.
Edmonston believes that they can make the playoffs if they put everything together for the rest of their league play. This is Edmonton’s eighth year with the team and fourth year as head coach. Each year the team has made improvements under his lead.
“We just need to stay the course, become more consistent, trust our teammates, play the mental side of the game first, give maximum effort second and we will achieve the desired results,” Edmonston said.
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