The Peninsula High School softball team is hoping to ride its hot hitting into the playoffs this season. So far, the Seahawks have scored 98 runs in eight games and boast a 5-3 overall record.
"I think we’re a lot better than last year," said senior shortstop Makylee Jeppson. "We improved a lot individually, which makes us stronger as a team."
Jeppson, a switch hitter, is one of only two seniors on the varsity squad, along with center fielder Megan Ross. Jeppson said the team’s youth hasn’t been a problem.
"The girls that came in have a lot of experience," Jeppson said. "They’re really good."
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Coach Melissa Miller, in her sixth year, said the team’s youth has been beneficial.
"Actually, it’s really nice," Miller said. "They don’t have bad habits to break. They don’t have senior-itis, they’re out here having fun. We’ve got some strong juniors that are stepping up, too. It’s a good mix of girls."
Miller described this year’s group as a "fun" team.
"They’re go getters," Miller said. "They hit the ball hard. They’re fundamentally sound. We’ve got a lot of fast girls this year, which is nice."
Peninsula’s pitching staff is made up of mostly freshman and sophomores, and has endured some growing pains early in the season. Most notably, the Seahawks gave up 19 runs to Sumner in a 19-18 loss in late March.
"Our pitchers hadn’t quite found their groove," Miller said. "Our pitchers were struggling. We walked ten batters and had six errors. Defensively, we’re getting stronger and offensively, we’re there. Our pitchers have done way better. That helps."
With junior Riley Harper back behind the plate, the Seahawks are getting stronger. While Enumclaw remains the 3A SPSL favorite, Miller is confident the team will contend for a top-three finish.
"I expect us to get at least second," Miller said. "Enumclaw is pretty strong. I think if we continue on the path that we’re going, we have a really good shot at beating them. They have a superstar pitcher that’s a junior, but we will compete with them. Everyone else in our league I think we’re capable of beating."