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Washington relying on its sole senior going into state tournament

Senior leadership has been paramount for the Warriors, even though they have just one senior — pitcher Allison Wells.
by Trent Shadid Published: October 9, 2013

— Senior leadership has been paramount for this season's Washington softball team.

However, the Warriors don't have strength in numbers with their senior class.

Third-ranked Washington (22-9) enters the Class 3A fastpitch state tournament led by just one senior, pitcher Allison Wells.

“Our team is extremely confident when she's out there,” said Bryan Howard, who is in his fifth year as Washington's head coach. “That's every bit as important as balls and strikes. Her leadership has given us the best chemistry we've had since I've been here. We're beyond fortunate to have her.”

Wells, who has been the lone player in her class since her sophomore year, hasn't earned the respect of her teammates by barking orders. Instead, she's used her knowledge of the game and laid-back approach to lead by example.

“I've been ready for this role for a while now,” she said. “For me, it's about making sure everyone is doing the right things to help each other out and setting a good example because my teammates are going to feed off how I'm acting.”

The senior has set quite an example with what she's done in the circle this season, going 16-3 with a 2.19 ERA and 142 strikeouts. She set a career high with 13 strikeouts in a win over Perry during the regional tournament last week.

“This is by far the most comfortable I've been going into the state tournament,” she said. “I've got a great defense playing behind me and I think we're really playing our best right now.”

Pitching and defense have been consistent all season for Washington, but now the bats appear to have come alive at just the right time.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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