Trish Hackett

Trish Hackett enjoyed a 25-year fastpitch softball career before shifting to slowpitch. She played fastpitch for Lakewood Rotary, Lakewood Engraving, Dick Pollen’s Polar Bears, Jock Shop, Tacoma Subaru Lasers and Sam’s Tire (Lacey). In that time, she earned several honors including a tournament MVP award in 1975 while playing with Lakewood Rotary, being an All-Star at the 1998 state tournament and winning tournament MVP honors in a women’s 35+ state tournament in 2002 – her the last competitive fastpitch tournament. Born in 1959, Trish was a key figure in the Polar Bears 1979 season that included a trip to the national tournament in Bay City, Michigan. She ended her softball career with the Mosquito Squad slowpitch team in 2001. At that time, the Mosquito Squad was the top ranked women’s team in the state for four straight years. In 2000, Mosquito Squad won state, placed second at Nationals and 14th at Worlds. Trish was a nominee for the Washington State USSSA Softball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Trish won the Pierce County Hoop Shoot for her age division in 1974. At Lakes High School, she lettered in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. Softball was offered her sophomore year so she ran track instead, going to the State meet in the 4 x 400 relay where they finished third. She switched to softball for her junior and senior years and as a senior in 1977, she was awarded the female athlete of the year and was a Women’s Sports Foundation High School All-Star.

Trish walked on to the basketball team at the University of Washington and earned a full-ride scholarship. At UW, she was named “Most Improved” player for 1978-79 season, received the “Hustle and Desire” award from the coaches for the 1980-1981 season and was named Co-Captain for 1980-81 season.

“Being able to play for Dick Pollen is something I am truly thankful for. He was an incredible coach who loved the game of fastpitch and believed, even back then, that girls could play the game – and play it well. I always remember Mr. Pollen’s incredible memory and ability to recall a specific game, out, batter, etc”, recalled Trish.

 “Having incredibly supportive parent’s like I did made me feel extremely lucky. The friends I made throughout the years and experiences I had playing sports helped shape who I am today, Trish continued.”

 Playing fastpitch was a wonderful time in my life,” Trish said. “I can’t imagine what it would have been like without it. Summers weren’t summers unless I was playing softball.”