SOFTBALL: Pierce prepares for the upcoming season

The rain may have canceled game play last week for the Pierce Lady Bears, but the 2019 season has been in full swing on the field.

The 2018 Pierce season brought a 7-12 overall record and a 2-6 record in league play. Seven starters will return this year along with nine incoming freshmen. “ I am looking forward to developing the freshmen and they will be stepping up into big roles for the next several seasons,” said returning head coach Holly Schaad.

All league selection for the Lady Bears in 2018, Emily Ehrke will return to the mound and as shortstop, when not pitching. Sierra Murphy will be the starting pitcher again this year, as a sophomore. Junior Abby Mendoza, who played a vital role in the Lady Bears  batting line-up, also will be returning. “Abby was  a strong hitter for us last year,” said Schaad. Mendoza finished out last season with 13 RBI’s and 20 runs.

“We are looking forward to this season,” said Ehrke. “Losing Lauren Ornbaun will make a difference but we have several freshman on the team and we are excited to show them how much fun we have. We still have a pretty strong starting line-up, so I think we have a chance of competing for the league this year.” 

Currently, Pierce holds a 17 pre-season roster, with just one senior in the mix.  “Most of these girls play various sports year-round together. This lays the foundation for a great team chemistry and friendships that prevail beyond the field,” said Schaad. “As coaches, we have high expectations for our players. If our upperclassmen lead by example, we have the potential for a successful season.”

The Lady Bears will compete this Friday in the Randy Watt Invitational Tournament in Colusa with their first match-up against  Ripon at 11 AM followed  Willows at 1 PM and Maxwell at 5 PM.