Determination and dedication are driving the Titans toward state softball glory. The members of the Arcadia High School varsity softball team have their minds set on repeating last season, where they finished ranked No. 1 and made it all the way to the final four.
Head Coach Jason Foster and his players are hoping to pick up where they left off, carrying that momentum forward as they start fresh with a new team after bidding farewell to eight graduating seniors, six of them four-year starters. The departure of these teammates was bittersweet, as it’s opened the doors for some younger players to step up to the plate and tackle a new challenge.
Overall, the reigning region champs are feeling confident about the season ahead.
Foster said that despite moving down divisions this year, the schedule may be even tougher. “We will still continue to play at a high level and compete for a region championship and eventually the state playoffs,” Foster said.
The Titans will rely on veteran players including senior pitchers Ellie Richardson and Jade Ng to fill the shoes of last year’s seniors and lead the younger players on the journey toward a state championship. Foster said that while there may be younger players at new positions, practice and development will play a crucial role and allow the team to come together nicely.
“Senior catcher Jordyn Pender and junior infielder Keeley Yeager are eager to build upon their tremendous performances from last season,” Foster said. “Both had outstanding years at the plate and will be needed to allow the Titans to be successful.”
Other keys to winning are solid and consistent defense, which was one of the team’s main strengths last season.
“There are going to be some holes to fill, but our young players are up for the task,” Foster added. “Our hard work and practice should take us far this season.”
As the team’s star catcher, Jordyn is ready to tackle the new season, new division and the new team lineup. She’s proud of how much they accomplished last season, beating their rival team and winning the region and she’s ready for a repeat. “I hope to win our region again and just have fun while doing it,” Jordyn said. “The environment is always fun, as we bond well and have good chemistry.”
The team will benefit from having several natural leaders. Ellie will help guide the younger players as she strives to deliver more standout pitching performances. She says her goals this season are to remain positive and work her hardest each and every day. “I’m looking forward to being a leader and building stronger relationships with all of the girls,” Ellie said.
While she holds the memories of last season close to her heart, she’s looking toward the future now, and she said she’s committed to strengthening a supportive team dynamic with the new players.
“Our major strengths this season will be our team spirit, our undying determination and our phenomenal coaching staff. Every player has unique talents on and off the field, making each girl an integral part of the team.”