An Unexpected Injury
Junior catcher Morganne Flores was one of Washington Softball’s most important players during last year’s semifinal run. She started all 64 games, and led the team and the conference in RBIs with 74. That number was the third most in a single season in program history.
But Flores, one of the best catchers in the country, suffered an injury in practice that would sideline her for the entire 2018 season. Fortunately, the Huskies have solid depth at the position. Fellow junior Rachel Ogasawara has been a reliable defensive catcher, holding a .993 fielding percentage so far this year.
Freshman catcher Emma Helm, on the other hand, provides an offensive punch when she is in the game. She has played and started in more games this season than Ogasawara, and has 17 hits, a .377 slugging percentage, and a .429 on-base percentage. All the while, she has a .994 fielding percentage behind the plate.
The two together have done a great job in filling in for Flores, and have allowed the Huskies to continue in their winning ways.