The Northwest University Women’s Softball team is in their second year, and they are poised to have a solid season.
John Bacon, head coach, is enthusiastic about the season. The team returns just six girls from last year’s squad, but that doesn’t discourage Bacon one bit.
“We recruited well this summer,” said Bacon. “We brought in a strong transfer and freshmen class to complement the skill sets of our returners.”
Travels to the western states scouting out players that aren’t just talented, but also fit into his style and the culture here at Northwest takes up a good portion of the coach’s summer. He takes time to recruit players that are more than just good at the game, making sure they are a good spiritual fit with Northwest first and foremost.
Since the Eagles will be on the road all of February traveling down the I-5 corridor, the girls must also be solid students and team players.
While the Eagles are currently picked to finish 7th out of 8th, Bacon believes they will surprise some teams. They were beginning to turn some heads toward the end of last season.
Junior Katie Lewis, a player on the team, is just as enthusiastic as her coach. “We’ve been working extremely hard putting in countless hours; we’re just ready to get out and play competitively against other schools,” said Lewis. “I love the team chemistry, and we grow together as teammates in everything we do.”
Coach Bacon is also confident that his pitchers, Kelli Peckham and Kierston Perry, will get the job done for the Eagles in the circle.
With this sport, fans can’t help but get excited at the action. “Softball is a really fast-paced game; the field is one third the size of a baseball diamond,” explained Bacon, “making the action a lot quicker.” He added that the Cascade Collegiate Conference is one of the top conferences in the NAIA, boasting several nationally ranked teams each season.
The Eagles play their games at Everest Park, which is about a two-minute drive from campus. If the Seattle weather plays its tricks like it did last year, turf fields at Hartman Park in Redmond and at Cedar Park High School in Bothell are already reserved in case of inclement weather.
Come out and cheer on the Eagles this spring! Their hard work, talent, and determination will make it worth your time.
Written by Andrew Bonesteel