By: John Raffel
Big season expected from Beaverton's Faith Howe
Beaverton softball coach Aaron Wentworth can’t say enough about his standout pitcher Faith Howe. It’s her fourth varsity season.
Howe had a 34-4 pitching record last year and was close to 400 strikeouts. Her ERA has been below 1.00.
It was her best year. She earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and honorable mention acclaim as a sophomore.
“She just gets better every year,” Wentworth said. “I’m hoping this is her best year yet. She’s strong and works all year on her pitching.”
Howe has already made her collegiate commitment to Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.
“She had gone down there a few times,” Wentworth said. “She had family down there and had interest in pitching in warmer weather.”
As for this season, it’s still early,” Wentworth said. “We’re hoping for improvement. You’re always hoping for improvement.”
Howe has also been a .350 to .400 hitter.
“She’s seen a lot of softball and plays a ton of games,” Wentworth said. “She plays all summer and plays on some really good travel teams. You see that constant good pitching and hitting, and you’ll be good at both.’
Howe has pitched a few no-hit games during her career.
She also plays hockey in the Midland area but her softball career is taking her places.
Wentworth is hopeful that with Howe leading the way, his team can go far.
“I hope so,” he said. “We have a lot of returning kids.”