HC softball eager to hit field
By biconews On 29 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Andrew Prazar

As the weather becomes more mild and the last vestiges of snow melt away, the women of Haverford College’s softball team is becoming increasingly eager to take the field.

Expectations are high this season and senior captain Ali Hicks believes that the general outlook is “very positive.” Hopefully the team will be able to build on a disappointing 7-29 season which was marked by loses in several close games. “We hope to win those close ones [this year],” states Hicks.

Despite the loss of several key starters, the team begins the season with a solid amount of experience and depth. Catherine Terwiiliger, who received All-Conference Honorable Mention last year, figures to be the offensive catalyst. The junior outfielder batted .269 last year with two homeruns and provides speed on the basepaths.

Co-captain Kristyn Linger will anchor the infield at third base and is looking to build on her impressive offensive statistics. She has improved in each of her three seasons and last year hit at a .283 clip with an impressive slugging percentage (.406). The infield will be rounded out by sophomores Kristin McKie (.427 slugging percentage), Julia Diepold (.962 fielding percentage - tops on the team), and Hicks (team high 48 total bases).

Unlike baseball, softball teams depend on one or two pitchers to start every game. Last year that distinction fell to Hicks, who pitched an astounding 149.2 innings and had 22 complete games. This year, Hicks will move into the infield and yield the pitching duties to freshman Allison Tan. Tan is a lefty who Hicks believes has about five different pitches.

Catching for Tan will be sophomore Jess Latterman, who will replace the departed Bridget Shea. Hicks also mentions that freshmen Christina Day, Sasha Brady, and Sarah Chamovitz have looked good in the pre-season and should be able to step up and make contributions throughout the season.

If the team is able to generate some more offense than they did last year, and if Tan lives up to expectations, this season could be quite exciting for the Fords.

The first test will come over spring break when the team travels to Orlando to participate in several non-conference games. The Fords’ first home contest will be March 16 against Cedar Crest. By then we should be able to see just how far they will be able to go this season.

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