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Ferndale alum Wilson heating up for Saint Martin’s softball team

Ferndale alum Corrie Wilson runs the bases for Saint Martin’s University in a Feb. 20 game against Northwest Christian University.
Ferndale alum Corrie Wilson runs the bases for Saint Martin’s University in a Feb. 20 game against Northwest Christian University. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Corrie Wilson doesn’t know what Corrie Wilson is doing differently.

Neither does Rick Noren — her softball coach at Saint Martin’s University — or her roommate and teammate, Alyssa Slate.

“That’s kind of the tricky part of sports,” Slate said. “If someone starts turning it around, it’s like, ‘What’s your secret?’ And they never really know, it’s just something that clicks inside of them.”

Whatever clicked for Wilson, it’s paying dividends offensively for the Saints as they head into the final month of the regular season.

Wilson — a junior at SMU and a Ferndale High School product — has a hit in five of the last six games, including three multihit games.

“She’s the one that you root for,” Noren said.

Wilson leads the team in home runs with seven and RBI with 29. And she’s hit a homer in four of SMU’s last five games.

“She’s learned what we’re trying to teach from a mechanical perspective, and she works exceptionally hard,” Noren said. “But, more than anything, she’s just learned how to be happy with herself and comfortable with herself. She doesn’t get too high and she doesn’t get too low.”

It took some time to get there, though.

Wilson said her first two seasons at SMU were “bumpy.” She said she turned a corner when the Saints visited Hawaii in February for a six-game series against three different programs.

They went 5-1 on the trip. . And Wilson was 4 for 4 in the final game against Hawaii Pacific.

“Going into Hawaii, I was making everything super complicated,” Wilson said. “There was this one comment my dad made, ‘Just have fun. Make it simple.’ I don’t know what it is, but since he said that, everything’s just been clutch.”

So clutch, that Noren has had to find a spot in the field to put Wilson, who is batting .319. She typically plays catcher, but has seen time at third base, first base and designated player.

“I enjoy being thrown around,” Wilson said. “Whatever I can do to help get a win.”

The Saints are 21-4 (6-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference) and second in conference.

Wilson hopes her hot streak will continue to spark offensive momentum.

“We kind of feed off of each other,” Wilson said. “If someone gets a good hit, usually we can all combine and we’ll get a rally started. It’s fun being able to get it started, and hopefully someone behind me will pick me up and go from there.”

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