Mackenzie Treece is the only returning starter on a young Archbishop Murphy softball team. Through her stellar play and steady presence, the senior shortstop has blossomed into the Wildcats’ leader this season.
“She’s done a good job of mentoring the young girls,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jeff Latta said. “She knows exactly what to do and what to say, how to organize the other girls and how to keep a positive attitude. She’s done an awesome job of getting (her teammates) to believe in themselves. She’s thriving in that role.”
The Wildcats (7-7 overall, 4-5 in Cascade Conference play) are headed toward a playoff berth thanks in part to sophomore outfielder Lexi Klaudt (who is batting .600) and the improved play of their freshman battery — catcher Lily Zwiefel and pitcher Brooke Jordan, who threw a no-hitter against South Whidbey on April 13.
“In the last six or seven games, Brooke has really begun to understand that she’s capable of (pitching well),” Latta said. “She was nervous in her first few outings, but now she’s more confident. Lily’s done a great job as well — they work well together.”