Feb. 4, 2013
SEATTLE -The 2013 softball season is just days away and GoHuskies.com will take a look at all positions on the Husky softball team leading up to the season opener Feb. 7 vs. St. Mary's in Honolulu, Hawai'i at 1 p.m. PT.
In this third and final preview we take a look at the pitchers and catchers.
Three faces return to the circle in 2013 in junior All-American Kaitlin Inglesby, fellow junior Bryana Walker and sophomore Kasey Stanchek. Freshman Jocelyn Caterhas been added to the mix and although new to the team has gained immense international experience with the Canadian National Team.
"This year our pitching is much more mature than in the past two years," said head coach Heather Tarr. "Kaitlin is the pitcher we would go to in our minds as our ace but judging on how last year went at times we had three different aces in Bryana and Kasey. We're looking for one of them to emerge."
Inglesby came in as a freshman and right away shouldered much of the pitching. After two solid years and having earned multiple conference and national honors, Inglesby's goals are to continue to improve and have her best season yet.
"Kaitlin had a very good summer of preparation," said Tarr. "This offseason has been one of her best and it's definitely going to pay off for her in the end of the season."
After battling injuries her freshman year, Walker was a huge contributor in the circle as a sophomore from the start or in relief.
"Bryana has evolved in her pitching," Tarr said. "She has changed a few things and adapted to continue to get better."
As a freshman, Stanchek made a lot of appearances and earned her spot into the starting rotation. She also picked up 10 wins on the year and looks to continue to improve with a whole year of collegiate softball under her belt.
"Kasey had a very solid freshman year and her ability to stay consistent and find ways to get hitters out two or three times in a row in a lineup is something we are looking for her to do this year," said Tarr.
The newcomer in teh circle is freshman Jocelyn Cater. As a teenager in Canada, Cater earned a lot of experience with fellow Husky Victoria Haywardon the Canadian National Team and for various teams within the system. On many occasions she got to pitch on national TV and against some of the top hitters in the game from the USA, Australia and Japan among others.
"Jocelyn is very talented," said Tarr. "She has performed on the big stage but she is still 18 years old. We are looking for her to be able to perform on a consistent basis."
Behind the plate, senior Shawna Wright earned the start as a freshman and has been in that role ever since. She has caught in the spotlight on national TV, at the WCWS and for two-time Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie. She looks to help her pitching staff of four accomplish great things defensively in 2013.
"She has had a lot of experiences in the last three years catching multiple pitchers," said Tarr on Wright. "She has improved her skills and she is continuing to improve how she receives each and every pitcher because they all are different. Coach (Brad) Ditter has been working with her throughout the year and I've seen a lot of good adjustments being made and how she receive the pitches. Offensively, I can see it in her eyes, she is ready to have a great year this year. Her work ethic is better than it's ever been. She is much more focused as an offensive player."
Lindsay Monkis a senior catcher in her second year as a Husky, having transferred to the UW last season.
"She is a great option for us offensively as a lefty," said Tarr. "The better she catches the better she works with the pitchers, the more opportunities she is going to have in her senior year."
Sophomore Kimberlee Souzawas a catcher in high school as well as an infielder and although she will mostly play at third base, fans could she her behind the plate this year in a few games.
"Kimberlee has been doing some catching for us and it'll be good to have someone experience that knows the system when Shawna and Lindsay graduate," Tarr said. "She has a great arm behind the plate and has experience at that position."