Cardinals aim for playoffs in tough Northwest League

NWL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL - Senior-heavy Corbett challenges top foes

The Corbett baseball team is loaded with seniors ready to make a run at the state playoffs, but first the Cardinals will have to survive a difficult Northwest League schedule that includes three foes ranked among the state's top-10 in a preseason coaches poll.

'We have the talent to compete for the league title even though we're in a tough league,' Corbett coach Derek Jacques said. 'We should be right up there with teams like Portland Christian, Knappa and Nestucca.'

Two returning seniors, pitcher Kevin Greenslade and third baseman Shawn Holbrook, earned honorable mention, all-league spots last season. Greenslade is the Cardinal's strongest pitcher. Holbrook, who batted .500 in league play last season will lead the offense.

The Cardinals also have experience and talent behind the plate in senior catcher Andrew Hanes, who also doubles as a pitcher when needed. Hanes is also a force at the plate as he hit .385 last year. Jacques describes him as a 'very, very talented player.'

- Softball -

The Corbett softball team has a lot of seniors, a lot of freshman, and not a lot in between. The balance between youth and experience will go a long way in determining how the Cardinals fare this season.

The Cardinals success, though, will start with their senior class. Their four seniors include: catcher Heather Anderson, outfielder Tiffany Weinbarger, infielder Nora Makin, and infielder Jayme Jacobson.

'I think we should be able to make the league playoffs and get one of the three berths in state,' he said. 'This team can do that.'

Portland Lutheran did not field a baseball team this spring due to lack of turnout.