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Moran readies to build MG softball program

MARYSVILLE — Marysville Getchell softball is here.

Head coach Mike Moran, who has 17 years of coaching experience and coached the Marysville-Pilchuck C-Team before spending the last 10 years at Jackson High School where he won the 2010 and 2011 4A District softball championships, is ready to build MG's foundation.

Some MG female athletes have introduced themselves and have spread the word of the nascent program.

"It'll definitely be a worthwhile achievement, especially with the record books that say you were on the team that started the program," Moran said.

The immediate plan is to focus on process, not outcomes because commitment is more important than experience.

"The game has to be about having fun," Moran said. "We won't have a team if not. It's a sport that'll help you in other sports."

MG softball will hold an info meeting in the final week of January at which registration paperwork will be handed out. Getchell's administration has provided funds for the program through the Associated Student Body budget and startup costs.

"We only get one meeting, by rule, so we have to make it a good one," Moran said.

The team will carry as many players as possible. The more kids the program has to build the foundation, the better. Spending time with teammates, doing group work and doing group work are the rewards of participation. The high school years, Moran said, are often the most memorable.

Joining the Getchell softball staff is JV coach Erin Thomas, who played shortstop for Moran at Jackson in 2005 and 2006.

"She's extremely excited to come out and help," Moran said.

Moran will utilize volunteers as they come or as they're needed.

Tryouts start on Feb. 27 with the other spring sports tryouts. There are 20 games in a softball season, 10 at home and 10 away.

The inaugural varsity softball squad will enjoy a shiny new field, uniforms, bats and batting cages. All the program needs now are pioneers to get the program running.

MG softball's philosophy will depend upon the strengths of the team. Moran said that players need not worry about fitting into the right skill group. The team will determine its traditions as it plays together.

"If you have any experience, come on out," Moran said. "If you want to play with your friends, give it a try. You don't have to be a great athlete, but have a willingness to do your best. Come out and give it a try if you've never played before so you can reach new levels and set goals."

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