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Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, March 13, 2014 SHS fastpitch determined to succeed By EMILY HANSON emi@masoncountjz, corn A more experienced Shel- ton fastpitch team has re- turned from last season, hop- ing to improve on the team's performance last year. "We have maturity this year and our communication skills have elevated our prac- tices to a level I have not ex- perienced as the Shelton High School coach," head coach Kim Goldsby said. "There is an air of determination that I have not witnessed at this level before this season com- menced." Last spring, the Lady Highclimbers reached the 3A West Central District III tournament for the first time in more than a decade. The team took fourth place in the 3A Narrows League. All varsity players from last year have returned to the team, with the exception of Korrynne Simeral, who graduated, Goldsby said. The roster boasts five re- turning seniors this year: Kelsey Albaugh, Brynnen Beierle, Cassie Crabtree, Morgan Mitchell and Chey- Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton senior Morgan Mitchell throws a pitch March 6 during practice in the Shelton Mini Dome. enne Overlin. Newcomer se- nior Ashley Hardin is work- ing on her skills to be the team's offensive specialist, Goldsby said. Mitchell returns as the No. 1 pitcher, while Albaugh and Overlin will handle the out- field and Beierle and Crab- tree will lead the infield. "Our skill level is quick, aggressive, strong-armed, tenancious with determina- tion and cohesive on and off the field," Goldsby said. "They get along together and we have great leadership in our seniors." She added that the Lady Highclimbers can compete with any team in their league and will challenge themselves with games against 4A ,and other nonleague teams this spring. "The varsity is quick and smaller-statured in physique than a typical high school fastpitch team," she said. "We do not have the prototypical big guns. We are diligently working on our short game and we will have to have in- telligent, aggressive base run* ners to keep our opponents off balance. Defensively, if we stay focused, we can compete and match statistics." Goldsby said she expects each of the five returning seniors to play a role in leading the team throughout the season. QUALITY BUILDINGS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES! Z4xZ4x8 Z4x38d 3GdGx14 Two lr rarqe hrale I Ibhlly Dip Two br hrlp Shop & IW S12,25&. Z4x4Oxl s RV 6mage $20,439+. 30x48xlg eig eoyky SaGe S15,514+.  S23,878. 30dSx18 & 9 30xSOxIB & 9 Z-Sto 3-Stall Gage Two Stay hinge & RV $32,547+w S $40,195+. 36x36xlG & 9 Two C  W Sap U nsurpassod in Customer Satisfaction 3$ Years of | e,.t.s:ia.n SVING KITSAP, MASON, JEFFERSON, CIALIAM Co's. I All Prices Include Plans, Labor, Materials and Concrete Floors | to detail. to your vehicle. to you. D&L AUTOMOTIVE 2033 Olympic Highway North Shelton O North Mason junior Makensea Peeks fields a ball Friday during fastpitch practice in the North Mason gym. Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason fit00stpitch lacks experience By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The North Mason fast- pitch team is looking to de- velop its skills this season. 'Ne are a young team this year, but the girls work hard and have im- proved quite a bit already, so I look forward to seeing them develop over the duration of the season," head coach Rachael Joye said. The team has 15 play- ers on varsity with seven returning from last year. Among the returners is the team's only senior, Cassandra Crover. Joye said the team's strengths are in its hard work and coachability. "They have great at- titudes and team chemis- try," she added. With just a few starters returning from last sea- son, the main weakness for the Lady Bulldogs is experience. Joye and the team are addressing this weakness by practicing more often. 'We are putting in more hours this year and the girls are willing to work hard to get better," Joye said. If the team continues to grow and improve, Joye said she thinks the Lady Bulldogs have a shot of being in the top half of the 2A Olympic League. Golfi Girls' team has six returing players / RV Storage with / continued from page S-3 Double Car Garage I they now have personal goals that will change 1724 Cole Street over the course of the Seattle I Enumclaw '"" $17 545 season once old goals are 1-800-854-4410 I .c..,.As30 8x10 achieved." She added that new- comers Jaymie Pentony and Katie Evans have both impressed her with their swings thus far. 'The team is already so bonded, even with our two new players," Martinson said. "This is just such a fun group of girls as they are fun and positive but still want to play good golf." She said the team is so coachable they are mak- ing it easy for her this season. "Golf is such a hum- bling game and these girls just take things in stride and move on to the next shot," she said.