BREMERTON — Longtime youth select coach Eric Buss is now in charge of his first collegiate team and it’s a position he’s wanted for a long time.
Buss is in his first season as head coach for the Olympic College Rangers softball team, and he’s joined by his daughter Alissa Buss, who was a standout at South Kitsap and played for Linfield College.
The Rangers have good pitching in freshman Jadin Left of North Mason, but she’s still working her way back from injuries (ACL, labrum) while in high school, fellow NM grad Marissa Horton and Kylie Tasaka from Hawaii.
Olympic’s keys to the season include its pitching getting stronger as the season progresses, which Buss has faith it will, more consistent bats to drive up its run production and game longevity. Buss said the Rangers need to work on avoiding slipping into “cruise mode” mid-game and instead start and end the game with the same level of intensity.
NWAC North Division
Olympic College Rangers
Coach: Eric Buss
Three Keys to the Season
1, Pitching — gaining confidence and strength
2, Consistent bat production
3, Game longevity — avoid mid-game lulls
2018 Rangers: Alecia Kupihea, so., C; Amanda Givens, fr., OF; Taylor Clark, fr., Port Angeles; Beyli Correa, fr., 2B; Zoe Roberts, so., INF; Kylie Tasaki, fr., P; Jadin Left, fr., P; Sydney Garrett, fr., INF; Mechelle Nisbet, fr., OF; Adia Roberts, so., SS; Shanya Nisbet, fr., INF; Marissa Horton, so., P; Sage Scott, so., 1B.