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La Salle will be better in softball

But the Falcons are still young

MILWAUKIE - La Salle's softball team will be improved over last year, when they didn't win a game.

But whether or not that will mean a Capital Conference playoff berth, La Salle coach Mike Drewett is unsure.

'I think we'll be more competitive,' said Drewett. 'But we're still pretty young. Nine of the 11 players on varsity are freshmen or sophomores, and we've only got two seniors.'

Returning with starting experience are sophomore pitcher/outfielder Chelsea Presnall, senior utility player Megan Kieres, senior shortstop Stevanie Medearis, sophomore outfielders Ashley Nunn and Melissa Merrigan, sophomore catcher Kelby Goldspink, and sophomore second baseman Marissa Cereghino.

Presnall will share pitching duties with freshman Tristan Payne. Both players keep the opponents' batters honest by throwing a variety of pitches for strikes.

Heading into spring break, the Falcons had played only one complete game, a 13-3 loss to North Marion. Nunn and Cereghino both hit doubles for La Salle in the loss, but the Huskies hit the ball hard and often to break the game open.

'It's going to be a tough league,' said Drewett. 'North Marion and Gladstone are probably at the top of the league, but Cascade is right there with them.'

The Falcons had five games scheduled over five days this week. They host Gladstone today at 4 p.m. and Sandy Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and they play West Salem on the road on Friday.