New faces hope to continue Edmonds-Woodway's winning tradition | Softball
Last updated 3/14/2019 at Noon
It’s a whole new ball game for the Edmonds-Woodway softball team.
The Warriors have undergone some major changes on and off the field.
In the dugout, a familiar face has succeeded long time coach Mike Venable who retired. Former assistant Cassady Orstad was promoted to head coach.
For the first time in four years, Edmonds-Woodway will have a new pitcher after the graduation of Kyra Collingridge and Mariah Woolery, who are both playing college ball. Collingridge and Woolery started as freshmen and continued in the circle through their senior seasons.
Sophomore Annika Forseth, who saw action at last year’s district and state tournaments, heads into the season as the team’s primary pitcher.
“We will rely on her, but when we need to we have other girls to throw,” said Orstad, an Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate. “She’s our No. 1 go-to pitcher.”
Senior co-captain Gracie Boyd, senior Mya Fegler and sophomore Sofia Chamorro will be counted on to provide innings this season. All three are returning starters in the field.
Orstad noted that Fegler pitches for her traveling team, while Chamorro has pitched in the past. The Edmonds-Woodway coach asked Boyd to start throwing at the beginning of winter.
Senior co-captain Morgan Sweet said that Forseth is prepared to take over as the main pitcher.
“She really does impress me,” Sweet said. “She works really hard every day.”
Boyd returns at catcher and provides veteran leadership for a team that has added five freshmen to the roster.
“She really shows leadership,” Orstad said. “She knows how to work. It’s nice to have that on the field.”
The Warriors are not fielding a junior varsity team this season. Many other schools in the area, including district rival Meadowdale, Shorecrest, Mariner and 4A state runner-up Monroe also do not have junior varsity programs.
Orstad likes having the large influx of freshmen to go with a solid core of returning players.
“They mesh really well together,” Orstad said. “My returning players are very welcoming and are looking to help them, which is good.”
Senior third baseman Nalani Marinez is excited about the skills the freshmen bring to the team.
“I think every girl is pretty talented in their own way,” Marinez said. “We’ve just got to get together and try to work together as a team more.”
As of last weekend, Orstad had yet to settle the middle of the infield shortstop and second base. The goal is to find the right position for every player.
“We’re still working through that figuring who’s going to fit where,” Orstad said. “We’re working a few girls pitching and working a few girls at catcher. We’re just moving people around and figuring out where they fit.”
The Warriors and the three other Edmonds District schools kicked off the season with a jamboree Saturday, March 9, at Lynnwood High School.
Orstad was pleased with how the team played.
“We came out strong,” she said. “Offensively, we did put the ball in play. I wish we would have put it a little bit more. We’re definitely planning to be an offensive team. Maybe not so much power as we’ve had in the past but base hits and moving people around.”
Edmonds-Woodway has advanced to the state tournament three out of the last four years.
Sweet said that often people overlook the mental part of the game.
“You play how you work,” she said. “We put a lot of work in and we waste no time in practice. It’s very up and hustle. I think if we keep our mentality and our drive that we have, that’s what we need.”