For the Burbank High softball team, this season has started somewhat rough with a 2-8 record and 1-1 in the Pacific League, but head coach Mike Delaney is hoping the squad will find its sea legs.
“Overall, we’re going to be better than we were last year,’’ said Delaney. “Our hitting is stronger, one through nine, and they’re hitting with a plan at the plate. They’re a more mature and experienced team.’’
Key will be junior pitcher Allie Benson, who went 7-7 in 2016 when the Bulldogs finished 11-17, 8-6 for fourth in league and a loss to Paramount in the opening-round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
“Allie has more confidence and has a game plan,’’ said Delaney. “She worked extremely hard in the off-season and has made good progress. She’s on a travel team and that helps.’’
Sophomore Alex Davis, sophomore Alyssa Porras and freshman Savannah Benson will back the right-hander.
Burbank’s infield will include the duo of juniors Erin Lashkari and Melissa Daniel at first base, junior Macie Jensen at second base, freshman Katie Treadway at shortstop and junior Bene Snyder at third base.
“Melissa has good power and is a good defender,’’ said Delaney. “Macie will fill in the power spots, three through five and batted .310 last year. I’m happy with her defense.’’
Delaney on Treadway: “Even though she’s a freshman, she learned a lot over the fall and has great range and speed,’’ he said.
Delaney on Snyder: “She understands her swing and that’s important,’’ he noted.
Sophomore Amaya Broyls will be the catcher and is capable of playing every position except pitcher according to Delaney.
Senior Alyssa De La Torre and sophomore Nikki Davis will also see time behind the plate.
The outfield will consist of sophomore Sarah Garelick in left field, Alex Davis in center field and junior Anysia Gonzalez in right field.
Additionally, seniors Liane Lopez and Rebecca Fowler will also patrol the outfield.