As a freshman and sophomore, Haley Schulman toiled as a pitcher on the junior varsity team in the Burroughs High softball program.
Last season as a junior, she got a call-up to the varsity squad, a team that already featured an ace in junior Heather Haynes. During her sophomore season, Haynes carried the load in the circle for the Indians on her way to earning All-CIF Southern Section, All-Pacifc League and All-Area accolades, while helping Burroughs capture its first league championship in 28 years.
Schulman split time with Haynes a year ago, putting up respectable pitching numbers while also showing her prowess as an accomplished hitter.
With Haynes and Schulman both set to enter their senior campaigns with the Indians this season, an inevitable showdown loomed as to who would be Burroughs' No. 1 hurler. But that showdown never took place. Haynes decided to forego her senior season, leaving the starting pitching duties square on Schulman's shoulders.