Losing one or two of your team’s major offensive contributors can hurt any team. But, having to contend with the loss of four players can easily put you in a rebuilding process.
The Woodward-Granger Hawks softball team is off to a slow start this season having opened their 2017-2018 campaign with eight straight losses. A formidable reason is that the team bid farewell to four of their top six offensive players.
Seniors Bree Lesch, Riley Jamison, Kendra Husman and Maggi Mallon have entered a new phase of their life.
All four players finished in the top ten in a number of offensive categories. Lesch led the team in both batting average (.443) and hits (47).
Jamison was third in batting average with a .364 and hits with 43. She was second in RBIs with 27.
Husmann’s .364 and Mallon’s .322 batting averages put them fourth and sixth on the team. Mallon was fourth in RBIs (25) and hits (37). The former was sixth in hits (35) and fifth in RBIs (14).
On the mound, Jamison finished her final season leading the squad in strikeouts (83), ERA (4.86) opposing batting average (.271) and innings pitched (196).
New head coach Owen Hunter, who takes over for Noah Bean, will look to his young squad to develop into the successful teams that the school is used to.
So far this season the first year coach has started one freshman, Ava Peterson, and two eighth graders, Rian Jamison and Elly Polich.
Peterson has made five starts and currently has a 0-2 record. She has a 6.30 ERA with 11 strikeouts and walks.
The young throwers, Rian and Polich, each sport a 0-1 record in three combined starts. Together they have five strikeouts and eight walks, with a 5.66 ERA.
Offensively, eighth grader Chloe Houge leads the team with a .389 batting average in eight starts. She and fellow classmate Emma Anderson lead the squad with seven hits each.
It is a young season and even if this team only wins a handful of games, the experience they are gaining gives the school a bright future.