BB/SB Preview: Strong Numbers Have Beavers Poised for Competitive Season of Softball
With 25 girls tearing up the diamond for Tenino this year the Beavers are set to have a junior varsity team for the first time in head coach KaTrina Haupert’s three seasons in charge. Longtime Tenino coaching presence Wanda Blanksma has even found her way into the fold this year in order to wrangle those JV charges into formidable varsity contributors for the future.
Haupert says the reinforcements are comforting but she’s most anxious to see what her varsity squad can do against unfamiliar foes. That impatience is understandable considering that three weeks into the season the unrelenting spring weather had washed out the Beavers entire schedule.
“We’re just looking forward to getting some time on the field,” said Haupert, who is assisted at the varsity level by Hayley Pearce.
Last year Tenino went 1-2 in the District 4 tournament and finished the season with a 10-11 record. With a gaggle of returning starters from that team the Beavers are hoping to sink their teeth a little deeper into the playoffs this year.
Senior Felicia Gubbe will anchor the pitching rotation and will likely see some time at catcher this year while Jessica Edwards, a junior, will play shortstop and fill in at pitcher when Gubbe is gassed.
Other returning starters include outfielders Ashley London, a senior, and Dana McCaslin, a junior.
Haupert expects that newcomer Katy Snyder will also be an impact player for the Beavers.
“She’s our catcher this year,” said Haupert of the freshman Snyder. “She’s one to keep an eye on this year. She’s a little all-star.”
Coach: KaTrina Haupert (third)
2016: 10-11 (1-2 in districts)
Returning Starters: Felicia Gubbe (Sr., P/C), Jessica Edwards (Jr., SS/P), Ashley London (Sr., OF), Dana McCaslin (Jr., OF)
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