Q& A with coach Dani Tachell

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Q: Last season was a rare occasion when the Falcons did not make it to the State tourney in Spokane. How did the kids react during the off-season?
Tachell: Off season was very focused. We have a ton of seniors coming back, nine seniors this year. All of whom have been to Spokane several times in their careers. So getting that taste of defeat and not being to experience that didn’t sit well with them.
Our seniors led our off-season workouts. A lot of kids showed up. They want to come back this year and change things up. 
Q: One of those seniors is Bailey Burger-Moore. She had an outstanding season a year ago as she emerged as one of the better hitters in the conference. How’s the outlook for her heading into this season?
Tachell: Bailey is doing fantastic. She worked really hard on her strength and mobility. She’s committed to play college, so this is her last year of high school ball. Along with five other seniors who signed to play ball [at the collegiate level].
Q: What about standout pitcher Rachael Rhinehart?
Tachell: Rachael has been working hard this off-season. She has been tweaking her mechanics a bit. She is looking to have a big season.
Q: It seems like just yesterday that the Taketa twins [Molly and Megan] were freshmen. Now they are entering their senior seasons.
Tachell: Molly [Taketa] has been hitting off the tee at her house... Her hard work is showing at the plate. 
[The twins] have always impressed with their love of the game and their focus, they are students of the game. They continue to learn and grow. To watch them in a role of leadership this season is great. They’re taking control of their future and their team this year. 
Q: What other teams in Kingco should we be on the lookout for?
Tachell: Newport has a lot of returning solid players. Redmond has Kiki Milloy she throws heat. And they have a couple of other standouts who will keep us on our toes. And Inglemoor has a good pitcher and five or six really good players. Kingco in general, anybody on any given day can beat anybody else.  

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