TACOMA, Washington – After graduating one of its largest senior classes in recent years, the 2019 Puget Sound softball team will heavily rely on its recent influx of youth.
Puget Sound graduated six Loggers in 2018, but the program welcomes seven new faces to the Maroon & White. Many of those new faces will have the chance to make their collegiate debut during the season's opening weekend.
Freshmen Hailee Ueyama and Hana DeGuzman will see time in the outfield and infield, respectively. Freshman Caitlin Lamb figures to see some time at first base, and junior transfer Maddie Colombo will split time between shortstop and the backstop.
Of course, the underclassmen have plenty of experienced upperclassmen to lead the way. Junior Abby Brondos returns to the hot corner, where she played 32 games last year. Sophomore outfielder Mackensie Pearlstein looks to build off of her freshman season in which she hit .302 through 37 games. Junior Kaitlyn Webster played 30 games last year. She and senior Jessica Shimoda join Pearlstein in the outfield.
The Loggers could remain aggressive on the basepaths in 2019. Last year, Puget Sound swiped 36 bags, which is the most steals by a Logger team since the 2004 season.
The 2019 campaign begins with six games in southern California this weekend. The Loggers have doubleheaders at Pomona-Pitzer (Feb. 8), Redlands (Feb. 9), and Occidental (Feb. 10). The Northwest Conference schedule begins on the road at Linfield, March 2-3. The first home games of 2019 are March 9-10, against Pacific.