ILWACO - With the first three softball games being tabled - as in the water table being way too high - Ilwaco is still looking to play a fast-pitch battle in the 2003 season. The Lady Fishermen were scheduled to tussle with Woodland Tuesday at home in Trico-League action, host Warrenton Thursday, then visit LaCenter Friday.

League games against Castle Rock and Stevenson and a non-league tilt versus highly touted Knappa have already been postponed. The Lady Fishermen have experienced players for almost every position to compete against 2A teams this year, and with depth where they may need it most - at pitcher and catcher - for coach Rick Bishop.

Senior Casey Rice twirled the majority of innings for last season's district-bound team, their first-ever post season play in seven seasons. Junior Nicole Adams was a more than capable backup on the mound, and senior Jenny Gosch and freshman Ashley Garrett also are wind-milling the ball plate- ward in practice for Ilwaco.

The catching position will be held down by Johanna Hazen and Mary Margaret Tomberlin, both seniors and both strong hitters with cannons for arms. The Lady Fishermen infield will be solid with Ashley Kitzman at first base, Meghan Peterson and Codie Jenkins sharing time at second, Adams at shortstop and Tomberlin at third when they are not on the mound. Rice, when not throwing strikes, will also be an infielder.

Defensive whiz, Stevie Lindsley will anchor centerfield for Ilwaco and likely be flanked by seniors Gosch and Argie Mendez and freshmen Garrett and Katie Hazen, who could also see considerable action in the infield, according to Bishop.

The junior varsity squad is made up of Heather Bartlett, Savannah Bryant, Chelsea Gilgore, Becky Graff, Stephanie Hill, Kim Kubisiak, Jami Landeros, and Jessie Landeros. Christina Pearson, Charlotte Rushford, Erin Seeker, Brianna Smith, Monica Smith, Carley Taylor, and Rachel Zimmerman are also working for playing time on the JV squad.

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