Softball looking for good weather, solid play

By Josh Lanphier

Katie Bowers has 31 career home runs. (Photo provided)

The softball team is experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature this spring.

They have already had 10 games cancelled or postponed due to wet conditions, and that makes it hard to get into a rhythm.

“We are struggling to get games in due to the weather,” softball coach Doug Gower said. “It has been difficult to even practice outdoors.”

The Foresters (11-11; 7-5) currently sit in 5th place in the Crossroads League, but it is their goal to move up in the standings by the conference tournament.

“Our expectations are to finish top four in the conference to get a good seed,” Gower said.

Senior Katie Bowers and Junior Lindsay Shellabarger are two keys to the Foresters’ offense that will need to continue producing well if they are going to make a move into the top four.

Bowers, the defending conference player of the year, has 31 career homeruns.

“Hands down, Bowers is the best hitter HU has had and I have coached,” Gower said. “She is clutch, she has a great slugging percentage, she can run, she can hit opposite field.”

Shellabarger leads the team in RBI’s and she said while Bowers keys the middle of the order, the entire lineup is able to get the job done.

“I believe that each person on our team is an asset and makes this team what it is,” Shellabarger said. “We do have strength and power in the middle of our lineup, but we have great hitters that can get the job done from spots one to nine.”

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