Softball squad gears up for spring
With the leaves falling and the weather getting colder, the 2010 RIC softball team has closed out four weeks of outdoor practices as the players look to continue an impressive run of success over the past five years.
Head coach Maria Morin
“Fall ball gave the coaches an opportunity to look at each player's strengths and weaknesses individually,” head coach Maria Morin said. “We have several freshmen who have worked hard this fall to show their skills and desire to play on this team. They will add depth to our lineup both offensively and defensively this spring.”
During the fall, the Anchorwomen welcomed back some of the greatest softball players in Rhode Island College history at the annual Alumni Game, which was played under the lights at the Dayna A Bazar Softball Complex on Oct. 2.
The current edition got to ply their trade against former All-American pitcher Nicole Riley ’09, who is just two-and-a-half years removed from leading the team to the National Championship Round. They also faced former All-Conference hitters Kristyn Alexander ’09 and Krystal Bilek.
The Anchorwomen then hosted UMass Lowell, in a friendly battle out of division on Oct. 8. Both these contests gave the coaching staff a chance to see the rookies in game action.
New edition Missy Jandreau (Plainville, Conn.) is going to find out quickly that she has some big footsteps to follow as her sister, junior All-Little East utility player Kayla Jandreau, has been a vital part in the Anchorwomen success over the past two years.
Kayla welcomes her sibling with open arms. “I know that if I'm catching and I want to pick off the girl on second, she's thinking the same thing,” she said.
Junior All-Conference second baseman Amanda Perry, who anchors a solid group of returning veterans, liked what she saw from the squad during the fall. “I really like the new additions to the team,” Perry said. “Everyone got along real well. I think the new girls will fit in and with some more practice we’ll have a good season.”
With only one player leaving the 2009 team, Morin is eager for the spring to come fast “Our returning players understand what it takes to win a championship,” she said. “Winning the Little East Conference Tournament four times in a row has not been an easy task.”
Over the past four years, the Anchorwomen have compiled a record of 154-31-1 and 48-7-1 in Little East play. They will look to continue the winning ways in the 2010 season.
“Our four seniors, Jenna Deveines (Lowville, N.Y.), Jackie Dube (Barrington, N.H.), Amy Jackman (Toms River, N.J.) and Michelle Perrin (Saugus, Mass.), know nothing else than winning championships,” Morin said about her leaders on the team.
When asked about her goals for the spring the elder Jandreau said, “Obviously go back to the World Series. Not going last year was upsetting, but with such a young team I knew this year would be the year.”
The pitching has been lights out over the past couple of years with Deveines and juniors Amanda Berard and Melanie Neece all earning All-Conference accolades. They will look to continue to excel in the pitching circle as they welcome talented rookies to the staff.
The start of the season may seem a long time away, but the Anchorwomen will spend the winter indoors preparing for preseason camp. As one of the top teams in the nation, they know their opponents will be doing the same.
The softball season opens with the team’s annual trip to Florida in March.