There was plenty of pressure on Lauren Cox coming into her senior season with the La Cañada High softball team.
It was the first time Cox would be the Spartans' primary pitcher and she was stepping into the role with a mountain of expectations facing her and the team. La Cañada entered the season atop the CIF Southern Section Division V poll, which made it the favorite to win the title for the second year in a row.
In order to do so, the Spartans would need a bounce-back season from Cox, who watched most of the 2011 championship run from the sidelines after a leg injury derailed her junior season and put Lauren O'Leary front and center in La Cañada's pitching staff.
"I think she was looking forward to it, I really do," said La Cañada Coach KC Mathews of Cox taking over as the Spartans ace. "Pitchers want the ball all the time. I have yet to run into a quality pitcher that doesn't want the ball in their hand and to be in the circle every inning of every game."