Softball: Marshall will face challenge vs. Keppel

Marshall (7-0) is not ranked in the latest Division 5 poll, but the Eagles look to make some noise when they host Keppel on Wednesday. Keppel (6-0) is No. 4.

It’s been a turnaround year for Marshall, which is off to its best start since Eagles coach Jason Taylor took over the program in 2002.

The success can be linked to a more balanced approach, and Star-News All-Area shortstop Amy Zeronian has gotten some much needed help. Freshman Miranda Bielski, a catcher, and Breana Howard, a left fielder/first baseman, have given Marshal much needed depth and plenty of help for pitcher Cierra Newton, a senior.

“We have two freshman who have come and really helped us at key positions,” Taylor said. “And with our senior leadership, everything seems to be coming together.”

Marshall has beaten its opponents by a combined score of 82-17, and that includes wins over Pasadena (12-0 and 7-5), El Monte (11-1) and Workman (13-3).

Marshall will face its toughest test when it takes on Keppel’s Alashanee Medina, a junior standout who flirted with a perfect game last week and struck out 13 against Alverno.