Louis Ascencio
Staff Writer

The Poet’s Softball team has had a stellar 2022 season thus far. They played their first game in two years when they beat Puget Sound University in a pair of wins on the afternoon of Feb. 11. Three weeks later, the team took two of three games against University of Redlands in their first SCIAC series of the 2022 season. The Poets had an imposing performance against Redlands — a team that is currently the top seed in the SCIAC conference.

Following their series against Redlands, the Poets won their third and fourth straight games against Carnegie Mellon. The Poets have displayed their toughness and ability to take over games with victories in multiple series against teams such as the University of Rochester, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University and Occidental, along with taking two of three games versus Chapman this past weekend.

Trisha Senyo, the Head Softball Coach, talked about the competitiveness within the conference, saying, “everyone in our conference is competitive, so it literally comes down to last weekend. We’ve got to continue with consistent defense behind our pitchers and making sure that we’re working 60 ft at a time to finish this weekend off with the wins needed to make it to the tournament.”

As of this week, the Poets record sits at 21 – 15. Within the SCIAC conference, the Poets are at .500, with their record being 9 – 9. Whittier holds the fifth seed in the conference. Their home record has been impressive, winning 14 and only losing eight. Up to this point — through 36 games — the Poets have 173 runs, with 19 home runs, while the team’s batting average sits at .301. They have had a handful of standout performances by our athletes through the span of their season.

A few Poets stand out for what they’ve been able to do during the course of the season. Second-year Emily Adkison was the first, receiving SCIAC Athlete of the Week during the week of March 7. Adkison has been phenomenal this season, with 17 runs and 24 RBI’s, as well as five home runs to add to it. She has done this through 114 plate appearances with an on base percentage of .384.

The following week — the week of March 14 — third-year Riley Garcia was awarded the title of SCIAC Pitcher of the Week. Garcia has eight wins and seven losses in 21 appearances, starting in 11 games. She has 54 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.21 in 80.2 innings pitched.

Third-year Jamie Garvey was the most recent Poet to receive SCIAC Pitcher of the week on April 4 for her role in the series sweep against Occidental. Garvey joined Garcia as the second Poet to win SCIAC Pitcher of the Week. Garvey has been superb in her 16 appearances, starting in 12 games, with eight wins and five losses. Garcia has pitched 82.2 innings, having an incredible ERA of 2.54, securing 68 strikeouts across her 16 appearances.

On top of these three women receiving recognition for their performances, many others have had some fantastic seasons. Fourth-year Brianna MaGee has performed well with 27 runs and 14 RBI’s, while her on-base percentage sits at an astounding .480 through 124 plate appearances. Another athlete on the team who is having a quality season is Second-year Lindsey Perry. Perry, so far, has 17 runs with 20 RBI’s and three home runs. She has 91 plate appearances with an on-base percentage of .286.

Coach Senyo admired the effort her team gave throughout the course of the season; “​They’re all very talented, and the difference between those that get the job done when it counts is their ability to trust themselves, their teammates and trust the plan that we practice every week. It comes down to the little things, and those little things are no different in a game than they are in training plans.” she said.

Additionally, she said, “We need to continue to focus on offense and running the scoreboard. We know our defense can get the job done and keep runs to a minimum, but moving and scoring runners is where we’re going to win the way we need to in this final push. I have no doubt that this team is capable of scoring at least 6 – 8 runs every game. The only difference now is taking a deep breath, executing the plan, and hitting holes.”

The Poets’ regular season concludes this weekend April 30 and May 1 in a three-game series when they take on California Lutheran University. They happen to be tied for the fifth seed in the SCIAC standings, still having the possibility to make the postseason tournament with multiple paths to the fourth seed, relying on the results of others. First, the Poets can make the field if they win just two of three this weekend. Additionally, they will need help in the form of Chapman getting swept in their weekend series and Pomona-Pitzer, losing two of three. For the Poets, there is a lot to depend on — whether or not they will continue their success into the postseason. However, it is within reach, and we are all rooting for them.

Let’s go Poets!

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