Drew Mahrt/For the Review
While the Linfield women’s softball teams regionals run ended quickly, the team still played exceptionally well, finishing with a regular season record of 31-7 and sweeping the NWC tournament 3-0.
Throughout the season, hitting seemed to be no problem for the Wildcats. Team leader in batting average, Katy Brosig, hit a spectacular .424 with 32 RBI’s and managed to only strike out four times.
Brosig was also a menace in the field, achieving over a 92 percent effectiveness rate through her 43 games played.
Not far behind Brosig, Maddy Dunn and Ashley Garcia also kept their averages above .400. On top of that, Garcia also managed to hit six home runs and knock in 51 RBI’s.
Both Dunn and Garcia were just as reliable as Brosig, keeping their fielding effectiveness rate over 90 percent, with Dunn at 100 percent and Garcia at 93 percent.
There were no complaints in the pitching rotation either. All four of the girls kept their ERA’s below 3.0 and all had positive records to show for it. Karina Paavola led the team in almost every category. She had a positive strikeout-hit ratio, a 1.67 ERA, and won 19 out of her 23 games pitched.
Maddy Dunn pitched a great five innings in her only appearance on the mound. She didn’t give up any runs and only allowed one hit though the duration of her stay.
Shelby VandeBergh also threw well for the ‘Cats. She won 11 recorded games and struck out 67, as well as keeping her opponents batting average to under .225.
While the team will be losing some key players next year due to graduation, they will still hope to be contenders for the title and work just as hard, if not harder to make that happen.
What the team will lose physically, they will make up for with mental toughness and a passion.
Linfield should expect to see another great season from the softball team during the 2014-2015 academic year, with the possibility of another regionals run.
Drew Mahrt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org