Softball starts spring training

Liam Fagan, Staff Writer

Softball season is starting, and the Portage Northern Huskies are hard at work to begin the softball season. The Varsity team is amped up for the 2018 season after coming off a strong 28-12 season.

 Last year we were 28-12 and played one of the hardest schedules in the state,” said coach Edward Bowe.  This year’s team also has a wealth of experience: save for one junior, it is entirely made up of seniors. Senior Lexi Coon said, “ I’m excited about seeing what a majority senior team will help us accomplish.”

Senior Lizzie Verduzco pitches in a game last season. Photo by Patrick Nothaft.

Softball practice is every day after school, and the team is hard at work to improve as a team and as individuals. “We practice every Monday-Friday for 2 hours, and sometimes on the weekends. On game weeks we practice everyday we don’t play which is usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays,” said senior Jessie Beadle.

“Personally I focus on performing the best I can while having fun— so using the skills I’ve practiced so hard on to execute. As a team, I think we focus on playing together the most,” said Coon. While winning is important to this team, playing together takes top priority.

The team is full of pieces that will take them to the top. “We throw two high quality pitchers, Lizzy Verduzco and Deborah Torres. Our two pitchers and Jessie Beadle, our catcher, will keep us in every game,” said Bowe.  With a strong senior core at pitcher and catcher, and a strong infield surrounding that core, the team is truly looking strong, and is ready to compete for a championship.