After last season was wiped out because of the pandemic, Katie Banks’ collegiate softball debut was put on hold.
A year later, the freshman left-hander finally got the chance to step inside the circle. She didn’t dissapoint.
The 2019 graduate of Kodiak High School picked up a complete-game victory as Edmonds Community College romped Olympic Community College 22-3 Saturday in a Northwest Athletic Conference game in Edmonds, Washington.
“(It was) so reliving. I missed the game and competing,” Banks said.
Banks scattered three hits and three runs — one earned — in five innings. She struck out four and walked six as Edmonds improved to 2-0 on the season. She threw 96 pitches — 51 for strikes.
“I was just thinking, ‘Yeah, I did that,” said Banks on what it was like fanning her first college hitter.
“I was excited and nervous. Getting those K’s built me up and got my teammates fired up as well.”
Banks was an All-Northern Lights Conference first-teamer in 2019 after leading Kodiak to the Division II state tournament. She led the Bears in innings pitched (51 1/3) and strikeouts (67).
She desired to play in college and decided the NWAC would be a good landing spot. She picked Edmonds because of the location, which is nearby Seattle and Everett.
“You are definitely held to a higher standard, and there are lots of things already expected of you like game knowledge,” Banks said.
Saturday, however, was not Banks’ first taste of college athletes. After enrolling at Edmonds, she joined the school’s volleyball team midway through the 2019 season. She recorded 13 digs, 6 service aces and 2 kills in 12 matches.
“I was unable to play two sports this year because of COVID. I had to choose one. Since I never got a true season with softball, I chose it this year instead of playing volleyball,” she said.
Keith Osowski turned in a blistering 3,000-meter steeplechase time at the Central Nebraska Challenge Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska.
The junior at Black Hills State University logged a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 13.26 seconds to win the steeplechase and snag a provisional time for the NCAA Division II Championship meet.
Osowski’s previous best steeplechase time was 9:17.97, set during the 2019 season. He won Saturday’s race by 43 seconds.
The 2018 graduate of KHS also ran the anchor leg of school’s 1,600-meter relay that finished seventh in 3:30.09.
Next up for Osowski is the Bauer Invitational on Friday in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Hannah Glover’s first season with NCAA Division III Chatham University ended on Saturday when the Cougars fell to Nazareth in the semifinals of the UCHC Championship Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Chatham finished with a 7-6 record. Glover picked up ice time in both of Chatham’s tournament games — the Cougars opened with a 4-3 victory over Alvernia.
Glover earned her first assist of the season in the opening game while also firing a shot on goal in the first period.
The forward ended the season with 11 shots on goal and 1 block in nine games.