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Seniors power Pacific softball to strong start

Forest Grove grad Marissa Reichard stars for the Boxers

Rachel Roberts had a hot bat and Marissa Reichard had a golden arm as the two Pacific seniors helped the Boxers launch their 2016 softball campaign in great form, going 5-0-1 during a six-game swing through southern California earlier this month.

Roberts went 12-for-21 (.571) at the plate in the six games, with seven runs scored and a home run. She also stole six bases, including the 100th of her career. The senior went 4-for-4 against California Lutheran and had three hits each in games against Whittier and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Reichard, a 2013 Forest Grove High School graduate, went 3-0 in the pitcher’s circle and had a 1.67 ERA. She struck out 17 batters in 21 innings of work, picking up wins against California Lutheran, Whittier and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

For their performances, Roberts and Reichard swept the Northwest Conference’s student-athlete of the week honors for softball on Feb. 15.