Excited about UW softball

UPDATE: Washington 18, San Jose State 1 (5 innings). It was even more lopsided than the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory.

It’s already in the mid-80s and we’re going to take advantage of the sunshine today by taking in a Husky softball game. The Washington Huskies (6-0) are playing San Jose State (6-0) in a tournament game in Tempe this afternoon.

Washington’s an easy team to pull for. I’m helping out at Olympic College as a volunteer assistant and head coach Dan Haas, assistant Heather Jenkins and myself took in a practice last month in Seattle.UW coach Heather Tarr couldn’t have been more gracious. She wandered up in the stands to welcome us and explain what the Huskies were trying to accomplish that day and answered all of our questions. She later showed off the UW’s locker room and coaches’ offices below the stadium.

Being an old men’s fastpitch player, it was interesting to see how the Huskies practiced. It’s easy to see why the Dawgs have enjoyed so much success under Tarr and her staff, which includes husband J.T. D’Amico, Lance Glasoe and Brad Ditter, the former head baseball coach at Edmonds CC. There’s a purpose to everything they do.

Washington was 45-17 and finished third at the Women’s World Series a year ago, and they return all but one starter.

I’m excited about Olympic College softball, too. Danny Haas is doing a solid job recruiting and we’ve got some talented ladies. Our season starts March 1-2 at an NWAACC tournament in Richland. Stop by and catch one of our home games when we get going. I think you’ll be impressed by the level of play.



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