By: Kayla Merriweather
Coming off their first PAC-6 conference championship in school history, the East softball team is poised to defend its title this year with a strong returning roster. Having lost just one senior, the Wildcats look to utilize their experience to improve their 9-2 conference record from last year. According to senior captain Jenny Suwanmanee, the team’s major goal for the season, reaching the playoffs, is dependent upon their conference performance.
“We are all striving to become conference champs for two years in a row and we are looking forward to winning our very first first-round playoff game this season,” described Suwanmanee.
In regard to how to accomplish this feat, attitude during practice and games as well as communication will be essential.
“We are working on minimizing our errors when we are on defense. We have struggles with letting one error get to us, which leads to more errors,” Suwanmanee said. “I believe we can push through by working together and communicating on and off the field.”
The current roster boasts five returning all-conference players, including Player of the Year Katie Agatucci. The team is exploring its versatility, and succeeding. With a narrow 4-3 loss to Orange, the team favored to win the 3A state championship, and a 3-1 win against Cardinal Gibbons in extra innings, the Wildcats are quickly establishing themselves as the team to beat in the conference.