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Softball opens 2019 season strong

Photo by Mike Dickie: Junior infielder Infinity Rodgers fielding a ground ball out to 3rd base

The Adrian College softball team are starting the 2018-2019 season off with a bang, as they currently have a positive record of 6-4.

For it’s season, the squad is led by captains senior catcher Natalia Younan, senior shortstop Krista Lynch and junior outfielder Madison Budde.

Younan, one of the three captains, is performing well so far this season, playing in three of the games so far. Younan has had eight at bats, hitting two of them with an average of .250. Younan has also had 10 total chances (the number of times a defensive player handles a batted or thrown ball), nine putouts (given to the player who is responsible for the out, such as catching a fly ball, tagging a runner, and the like). Younan had only one error, and two stolen base attempts.

Lynch, the next captain, has been performing very well as she has been in all ten games, and playing aggressive for her team. Lynch has been at bat 28 times, hitting 12 times and scoring three runs. Out of her hits, she had two doubles, a home run and eight RBI’s. Leading the team, she has a hitting percentage of .429, .556 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .607. Lynch is also doing well in her fielding as she has 45 total chances, 19 putouts, and 25 assists.

Budde, the third captain, is performing decent, playing in eight of the ten games so far this season. Budde has 20 At Bats, hitting the ball five times and having four of them for runs, for a batting average of .250. In fielding, Budde has 14 total chances, with 12 putouts, and one assist and error.

The team as a whole is doing quite well with an average batting percentage of .264, One base percentage of .328, and a slugging percentage of .309. They have scored forty-four runs, off of seventy-one hits.

“We came back up north 6-4, which as a team, im happy with,” said Coach Marinacci. “I would say we are on track with where we need to be but need to pick up our intensity soon because we will begin conference play at the end of the month.”

Coach Marinacci believes the pitching staff has been doing a phenomenal job as they are keeping hitters off balance.

“Offensively, we’ve seen a lot of production from seniors Krista Lynch and Paige Cubberly, along with sophomore outfielder Jamie Bell,” Said Coach Marinacci.

The biggest game so far this season has been when they went to Florida, against York College, who is out of East Pennsylvania.

“This was the third year in a row we faced them and it was the rubber match,” said Coach Marinacci. “Unfortunately we fell short not producing on the offensive side of the game.”

The team has been getting prepared for this season as they look to do better from their last season.

“Our preseason has consisted of a lot of live hitting and pitching,” Said Coach Marinacci. “We have been training ourselves to be selective but aggressive at the plate, as well as swinging early in the count and swinging hard every pitch.”

This is the second year in a row that the team has been focusing on getting on the bases.

“We have what we call our “rabbits” and they can create chaos on the bases against opposing teams,” said Coach Marinacci. “Last year we saw significant benefits and plan to only get better each year!”

The team is looking to maintain clean fundamentals and plan on keeping the wins coming.

“We look solid as a program,” Coach Marinacci explains.  “Our focus is to bring the energy and win the little things.”

At the end of the month, Adrian softball will open up their first conference game against Olivet College for a double header.

“As most know, we play in an extremely tough conference and we are looking forward to competing for a spot in tournament play,” says Coach Marinacci.

Be on the lookout for the Softball team this season as they look to keep the hype going Sunday, Mar. 24, at home against Ohio Wesleyan at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They continue to play throughout the week against Defiance on Monday, Mar. 25, at Heidelberg on Mar. 26, at Siena Heights on Mar. 28, and at Olivet College on Mar. 30.

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