Luke Hare, Staff Writer
With the Saints having finished their pre-season non-league play, the women’s softball team looks to build off the positives, which include standout hitting and pitching performances. These will be key strengths for the team as they look to gain momentum heading into league play.
“I would say that we have a different level of competitiveness compared to other teams,” said senior pitcher Lauren Maley. “At our tournament in Las Vegas, we had one of our biggest comebacks in program history. It will be fun to see what comes out of league play and how far our team can really go. This year’s group of girls is going to be really exciting to watch.”
Senior Sabrina Hicks is off to an electric start to the season, leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.405), hits (15), RBI (15), home runs (4), and OPS (1.193). She is also leading the team in stolen base percentage, going seven for seven.
Softball is a team sport, and thankfully, there are many others stepping up to the plate, including two notable freshmen Trinity Favela and Kylee Vanderbout. Both are batting over .300 this year, and have started in all but two games. There are also four returners batting over .300 on the season, led by Lauren Diuco and Regan Byrd, followed closely by Devyn Connolly and Nicki DeHan. As a team, the Saints are averaging over five runs a game and look to keep that going in the future.
Assisting Maley in pitching is junior Brandi Schoessler, who is leading the team in almost every category, including wins (4), innings (32.1), strikeouts (15), opponent batting average (.277), and ERA (2.60). With the bats off to a hot start and pitching becoming more and more comfortable, this team is ready to jump into league play and are more than capable of achieving their preseason expectations.
“In order to be successful this year, we definitely need to stay driven,” said Maley. “We need to keep our focus on our end goal. I think we definitely have the team that can do it, we just have to keep grinding and win some important games during GNAC play.”