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The Lakers are young but improved as the program rebuilds

The Lake Oswego softball team's youth movement continues this year as the program is steadily rebuilding.

The Lakers feature just one senior but have increased their numbers this year and have a strong group of sophomores and juniors that should make the team competitive.

“We're starting the year ahead of where we were last year. We're just doing a lot of drills and focusing on getting the kids reps,” coach Jennifer Campbell said.

Lake Oswego has two pitchers who should see plenty of time on the mound this season in junior Madison Armstrong and freshman Hannah Plott, who joined the team late following a strong basketball season.

“We'll try to mix it up some and keep other teams on their toes,” Campbell said.

Lake Oswego returns its catcher in Alex Jones and has two strong, young players at third base and shortstop.

Freshman Lauren Working will captain the infield at shortstop alongside Samantha Silva at third.

“The left side of our infield is very strong. Those two have played a lot of softball,” Campbell said.

Sophomore Megghann Dougherty will fill in at second base and freshman Ellie Manske will man first.

In the outfield, Lake Oswego's lone senior Paige Quesenberry will play centerfield and junior Haley Jensen will play leftfield while there is still a competition to see who will with the rightfield spot.

On offense, the Lakers will rely on timely hitting and base-running to produce runs this year.

“We'll have to make things happen to get runs across the plate. We need to focus on hitting where the ball is pitched and not trying to pull everything,” Campbell said.

Hitting has been an early bright spot for the Lakers who started the season with a pair of two-run losses.

“We're putting the ball in play a lot, we've just had some mental lapses,” Campbell said.

The Lakers will look to improve its standing in a Three Rivers League that could be wide open this year.

“A lot of teams were hit by graduation but there's still a lot of talent. I expect to be competitive this season and for the program to keep slowly getting better,” Campbell said.

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