Key Departures and a Key Addition
Last season, Ali Aguilar and Casey Stangel were huge contributors to Washington Softball’s regular and post season success. Aguilar batted .377, hit 51 home runs, and drove in 170 runs during her illustrious Washington career, and made the All Pac-12 First Team three times. Stangel played and started all 64 of the Huskies’ games last season, and earned All Pac-12 First Team honors with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs.
But as seniors, they graduated and moved on. Shortly after the season ended, infielder Taryn Atlee, who spent her freshman season as a member of the Rutgers Women’s Softball team, announced her decision to transfer to the University of Washington. The Sacramento, California native was tasked to fill the void left by Aguilar, a four-year starter.
But Atlee, an All Big-10 First Team member as a freshman, has been up to the task. She recorded three RBIs in her first two UW at-bats, and she’s started 26 of the 29 games she’s played in. She also has a .986 fielding percentage, and has been more than a suitable replacement for Aguilar.
She’s also a clutch performer. This past Saturday against No.9 Arizona, Atlee hit a walk-off double in the eighth inning to secure the game and a series victory over the Wildcats.