New coaches, new players for Archbishop Murphy | Softball

By David Pan | Apr 07, 2017

The Archbishop Murphy softball team opened a new chapter in the program’s history with two new co-head coaches and a roster of new but talented players.

Jeff Latta, the school’s Dean of Students, and Damien Holman, an assistant football coach, were tapped as the new co-head coaches. The Wildcats graduated a large senior class from a squad that advanced to the district tournament.

A key returner from last year is senior captain Mackenzie Treece, a versatile player, who Latta has penciled in as the shortstop. Treece played in center field last season.

“She’s kind of a jack-of-all trades player,” Latta said. “She can play anywhere on the field.”

The rest of the Archbishop Murphy lineup is dominated by youth.

“We’re definitely starting off with a young team,” Latta said. “We have nine freshmen and sophomores.”

The Wildcats’ battery consists of freshman pitcher Brooke Jordan and freshman catcher Lily Wiesel. Jordan throws a nice change-up and curve ball, Latta said. “She’s definitely doing well.”

The outfield is led by sophomore Lexie Klaudt, who is the Wildcats’ leading hitter. She currently is hitting .583. Treece and Zwiefel both are swinging the bat well with averages of .400 and .357, respectively.

Treece’s leadership with the younger players has been invaluable

“We’re pleased with her senior leadership,” Latta said.

Treece has played a key role in helping to guide the incoming freshmen and sophomores, Latta added.

As might be expected with so many underclassmen, Archbishop Murphy doesn’t have a lot of power on offense.

“We’re definitely a team that has to manufacture a lot of runs,” Latta said. “We have to try to be patient at the plate, take a lot of balls and be pretty aggressive on the base paths.”

Archbishop Murphy (1-2 in the league, 4-4 overall) went 3-2 in its first five nonconference games and opened with a 3-2 loss to South Whidbey in the league opener. The Wildcats then beat Cedar Park Christian – Bothell 6-1 and lost to Cedarcrest 13-3.

“We’re just trying to improve as the season goes on,” Latta said. “We know that we can compete. It’s doing the little things and not making errors.”

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