Since winning four consecutive state championships behind the pitching arm of Brianne McGowan from 2000-03, the Wooster High School softball program has experienced some lean times.
The Douglas Tigers, however, are not about to look past Wooster coming into a two-game Northern Division I series this week. The Tigers travel to Reno to play Wooster Thursday afternoon and then play host to the Colts in an 11 a.m. contest on Saturday.
“Wooster will be a good early season test for us; we are not overlooking them at all,” said Douglas coach Rob Parks, whose club is 5-2-1 overall, 3-0 in league, after receiving a forfeit win this past Saturday from Hug.
Wooster has managed a combined record of 16-50-2 the past three seasons, but the results have been more favorable so far this spring. The Colts (3-4, 0-2) have been involved in four one-run decisions already this season, including a 3-2 loss Thursday at Bishop Manogue.
“Wooster played well against the same teams we played in Sacramento,” Parks said, referring to the recent Victory Preseason Tournament. “They were ahead of Vintage’s ace until the last inning (5-4 loss). From what I saw, they hit the ball well and played some pretty good defense.
“McKinsey (Hill) pitched well against us last year and I am sure we will be facing her again,” he added. “She throws hard, and we have yet to face a hard-throwing pitcher yet in league play. Our batters are actually looking forward to facing her.”
Hill, a senior, has carried much of Wooster’s pitching workoload to date although she started and only worked one inning Saturday against Manogue before giving way to Charyce Bailey. Bailey allowed only one earned run on two hits the rest of the way.