Eye on the Prize: Walla Walla SoftballPosted: Updated:
Walla Walla, Wash--
Only one thing matters to Walla Walla softball, a state championship. It's what the team aims for. It's what the Blue Devils care about. After finishing the regular season 20-0, the team is on its way, due in large part to high expectations.
Entering this season the Blue Devils were fresh off their best year under head coach Jerry Humphreys. The team won 4A regional's, and placed third in state.
Senior Captain and catcher Vicki Reardon said, "We all remember that experience. We all remember how close we were to getting to the championship game, and I think getting third was... It fired us up to go all the way this year."
This year Walla Walla is off to an even better start at 20-0, and winners of four straight league titles. All thanks to its main objective of bringing home a state title.
Head Jerry Humphreys who is in his tenth season as leading man said, "We think its really important for them to have an objective out there. And that really takes the highs and lows out of the middle of the season. They've had their eye on the prize since the very start, and they know what needs to be done along the way."
A major reason for success, lies with Walla Walla's pitching. A two person rotation that includes sophomore Alyson Ambler, whose 10-0 with a .6 ERA. The other being Junior pitcher, Hope Klicker, whose also 10-0 with a .4 ERA.
Hope Klicker said, "I kind of new coming into the season that we're gonna be pretty dominate."
Alyson Ambler added, "We both tell each other no one better when we're out in the circle."
You could say the success of Walla Walla was pre-ordained in the off-season. When senior captain Vicki Reardon created the team's slogan 'A goal is a dream with a deadline... 5/29.' The date of this year's 4-A state championship game.