HJC softball prepares for season

March 11, 1997


Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Junior College softball team will rely heavily on home-grown talent in 1997.

Of the 13 players on the Hawks' roster, 12 are Washington County natives and the 13th is from Franklin County.

Pitcher Missy Kesecker (Hancock) comes back for her sophomore season after sitting out last year because of a stress fracture in her lower leg. As a freshman two years ago, Kesecker set school records for victories (14) and strikeouts (99) in a season.

"We are certainly glad to have her back this year," HJC coach Wes Hoover said. "It is important that we keep her healthy. Based on her high school career and what she did as a freshman at HJC, I would say that she is probably the ace on our pitching staff."


The rest of the pitching staff consists of three freshmen: Amy Pereschuk (Boonsboro), Megan Shives (Clear Spring) and Georgette Palmer (Williamsport). Palmer will probably spend most of her time in the outfield. Shives can also play second base, and Pereschuk will also be used at first base.

Catcher Tawn Gregory and third baseman Julie Frazee, both from North Hagerstown, return after record-setting freshman seasons.

Gregory set four school records last year with 49 hits, 45 runs scored, seven home runs and 19 extra-base hits. Frazee tied Gregory in extra-base hits, and set new school marks with 40 RBIs and nine triples.

Other returning sophomores include shortstop Tracy Bishop (Clear Spring), second baseman Toni Martin (Smithsburg), outfielder Carrie Craft (South Hagerstown) and third baseman Amaris Little (Hancock).

Outfielder Bobbi Jo Whittington (Williamsport) and first baseman Kim Reid (Williamsport) are a pair of freshmen that should see some playing time.

Freshman outfielder Yolanda Pond (James Buchanan) is the only player from outside of Washington County.

"I think that we have the potential to be a good ballclub," Hoover said. "We have a good nucleus of returning sophomores. Last year's team was probably our best hitting team ever. We have a lot of those offensive players back.

"One of our goals is to play good defense and minimize our errors," Hoover added. "Our defense should be good in both the infield and the outfield."

HJC opens its season this weekend in the Charles Tournament. During the following weekend, HJC will play Louisburg, NC and Anne Arundel in a mixer at Louisburg.

"We are going to have a new attitude this year," Hoover added. "I think that everyone is having a positive outlook about the season. I believe that the sophomores want to turn things around this year. I am looking forward to starting the season."

Michelle Johnson McKay and Brian Beck will be the assistant coaches this season for HJC.

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