Taylor Knect rounds second base during one of the Lady Grizzlies’ home games last season. Knecht is one of three All-League players returning to this year’s Lassen High varsity softball team. Photo by Maddie Musante
March 7 — Softball season has barely begun for the Lassen High School Lady Grizzlies, but the team has already set high standards for itself.
After an incredibly successful season last year, the Lady Grizzlies have set their sights on a second consecutive league championship, as well as the section championship.
“This first goal is always to win the league, and then the second goal is to win the section. They’ve got to come in that order, so our focus is going to be all about winning the league right now,” said Lassen High School varsity girl’s softball coach Paul Moore.
They’re lofty goals, but Moore is confident the team is more than skilled enough to get the job done.
Right now the team is made up of a healthy mixture of seniors and juniors, with one sophomore. However, Moore says there may still be a few more additions to the roster.
The team is returning three All-League players: senior Lindsay Northrop, junior Kennedy Ford and sophomore Taylor Knecht.
“It’s really exciting to have three returning players that were All-League last year,” Moore said.
In addition to the All-League stars, Moore has a full arsenal of talented players.
“I would say our strength is our overall depth. We have a lot of people that can play a lot of different positions and I’m not afraid to plug any of them in at any of those positions, so it’s nice to have that depth. Obviously, we’re really strong in the three positions of the kids who were All-League last year. I think we’re going to have a very good outfield. We have two returning pitchers, so that’s always nice, and they both got a lot of action last year, so hopefully they go to another level this year,” he said.
A well-rounded team is a good thing to have when other teams in the league are looking to take you down. After winning league last year, there’s no doubt the other teams in the NAL are looking at Lassen as the team to beat, and Moore knows it.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, March 11 edition of the Lassen County Times.