By Ray Hamill — Recruiting this spring has been a challenge to say the least for college teams across the nation, but College of the Redwoods softball coach Maggie White has been making some notable progress nonetheless.
With the ongoing pandemic preventing any in-person visits, the entire process has been quite different this spring for both athletes and coaches, and that makes decisions all the more difficult for both groups.
In addition, coaches of spring sports have been unable to see many of their potential recruits play in any games this year.
“It’s tough for everybody,” White said. “It’s tough on coaches, it’s tough for the players. I don’t know what I would do if I was in their position.”
White received some good news this week, with Ferndale High senior Bekah Towles committing to play for the Corsairs, giving the CR women a much-needed second catcher.
“She seems really excited to join us, and she loves softball,” the long-time head coach said. “And any time you have somebody fired up to be on the team, that’s exciting for me.”
The CR coach won’t need to recruit a ton of new faces, with all but one of this spring’s roster expected back in 2021, including sophomore pitcher Lindsey Scott, who was enjoying a breakout season before the shutdown.
Like her teammates, Scott will receive an extra year of eligibility because of the canceled season, and her expected return will be a big boost for White, who otherwise would have had a big void to fill.
“Getting Lindsey Scott back is a really huge piece we needed,” the head coach said. “She was having a really good year for us. We’re excited about getting Lindsey back.”
She won’t be the only one returning from a team that appeared ready to compete in the Golden Valley Conference when the shutdown came.
“As far as I know, I’m getting most everybody back,” said White, whose only loss will likely be all-conference shortstop Amy Reyes. “And I’m hoping to add a few more.”
The CR coach is still waiting on the final word from a couple of out-of-area players she expects to join the team.
In addition, she expects a couple of local players who decided not to play this spring to return to the fold.
Including Eureka’s Raime Young, who was an all-league honorable mention as a high school senior in 2019 and will give the Loggers a big presence in the outfield.