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Veteran Kamiak infield set to back up new pitchers | Softball

 

March 12, 2019



Kamiak is sporting a new look in the circle this season.

Junior Lindsey Greenfield and sophomore Katelyn Sonnichsen are ready to assume the reins following the graduation of first-team, all-league pitcher Cecila Robbins, who is now at Edmonds Community College.

Kamiak coach Ann Bradley said the two are ready for the challenge.

“They both can pitch. They pitched for me down at the middle school level,” Bradley said. “They both pitched for their select teams. So they’ve just kind of been waiting their turn to get into the circle.”

While Robbins logged most of time in the circle last season, Bradley plans to throw both pitchers in games, depending on the circumstances.

“I think the ideal is to be able to have two pitchers and once hitters figure out your one pitcher, you’ll be able throw something else at them,” Bradley said. “That’s not a bad situation.”

Last season, 4A state runner-up Monroe employed that strategy and was able to beat the Knights twice during the regular season and once in the district playoffs.

“I think it will be a good thing,” Bradley said of having Greenfield and Sonnichsen share duties.

When Greenfield isn’t pitching, she’ll be in center field, while Sonnichsen also plays first base.

Greenfield and Sonnichsen will be backed up by an experienced infield that includes co-captain Jadyn Bushnell, an honorable mention, all-league shortstop, co-captain second baseman Heidi Baird and third baseman Camdyn Robinson.

“Our infield is a beautiful thing,” Bradley said.

Baird is impressed by the team chemistry.

“The first day of tryouts we’ve been able to communicate really well with each other,” Baird said. “We’re able to read the ball with everyone together as a team.”

Bushnell agrees that familiarity is an asset for Kamiak’s defense.

“It’ll definitely be strong with all the girls being comfortable with each other,” Bushnell said.

Also back is sophomore catcher Natalie Smullin, who is a strong presence behind the plate.

“Nat knows what she’s going to do back there,” Bushnell said. “She’s our general. She lets everyone know what’s going to happen.”

Bradley added that in just one year she can see the major strides Smullin has made.

“When Natalie throws down to second, her arm looks faster and stronger,” the Kamiak coach said.

The outfield will be largely new. A top priority is having Greenfield, Kelci Carroll, Jamie Kuchinski and Sara Schnurman comfortable with each other.

“I need them to figure each other out early,” Bradley said.

The Knights’ offense will have good speed with Greenfield likely to be leading off. Kuchinski also is extremely fast.

“Jamie will be fun to watch as a freshman. Lindsey is a smart base runner to begin with,” Bradley said. “She lays down that sacrifice then she’s standing next to me on third base.”

Along with speed, Kamiak appears to have more power in the lineup than last season. Bradley’s initial plans are to have Carroll and Bushnell hitting the three and four spots.

“Small ball is always great, but we definitely have a few big bats this year,” Bushnell said. “I’m excited to go up against live pitching to see how many runs we score and where it’s going to take us.”

Unlike some other schools, such as district rival Mariner and Monroe, Kamiak is fielding a junior varsity team and the overall numbers are looking good for the future.

Three years ago, however, Kamiak suffered a similar fate when lower numbers resulted in the program not fielding a JV team. Bradley credits the hard work of Mukilteo Little League for helping to ensure solid numbers.

“My two middle schools have so much talent moving up,” Bradley said.

 

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