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HCC softball has true home field

March 09, 2001

HCC softball has true home field



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


For the first 12 years of their program, the Hagerstown Community College Hawks have had to borrow other fields to play their home softball games.

This year, the Hawks have finally got their own softball field built on the HCC campus.

"Our new field is located right behind the ARCC,'' HCC softball coach Brian Beck said. "It will be great playing on campus. We hope that more people will come out and see our games."

The Hawks ended up with a 21-13 overall record in 2000.

Beck said he feels that he has got some quality players on this year's team.

"We have 16 softball players this year," Beck said. "Everybody is pretty much dedicated towards the team. It is the most athletic group that I have had in five years as coach. We have a lot of talent. As long as we play up to our potential, the season can be very productive for us."

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HCC will be led this year by sophomore shortstop Mary Beth Kennell (Mount Savage). Kennell was named NJCAA Second Team All-American in 2000 when she batted .544.

"Mary Beth is an incredible shortstop, who had a .950 fielding percentage with only seven errors last year," Beck said. "She is quicker than you think with a lot of range."

Beck is very happy with his pitchers. A few of the pitchers have got some experience. Cory Reed (Flintstone) and Andria Cook (Allegany) come in with a number of years under their belts playing travel ball in the summer. Cook can also play first base. Jennifer Beachley (Boonsboro) is back from last year.

"We're fundamentally sound in the field," Beck said. "I feel that our defense should be solid both in the infield and in the outfield."

Heidi Moats (Hancock) will be the starting catcher. Moats can also pitch a little bit.

Manda Widmyer (Allegany) will start at first base and she can also be used as a catcher. Heather Danley (North Hagerstown) will return at second base and she is also capable of playing in the outfield. Kim Twigg (Allegany) will be back at third base.

Marsha Moats (South Hagerstown) is going to start in center field. Beachley will start in either left field or right field. The other outfield position is up for grabs.

Besides Danley, there are four other players from North Hagerstown - Erin Ross, Erin Kline, Dana Kline and Ashley Bennett can all play in the outfield. Erin Kline and Bennett can also pitch. Dana Kline can be used as a catcher and Ross can play third base.

Amy Fischer (Southern Fulton) can play at second base and at shortstop. Emily Middlekauff (South Hagerstown) can play anywhere in the infield, while Robin Curley (Boonsboro) will be used at first base.

"As far as the region goes, there should be a lot of parity this year with five or six teams fighting for the region championship," Beck said. "Catonsville, Prince Georges, Southern Maryland and Frederick should be our top competitors. I feel that we are capable of playing well against the best."

All three of Beck's assistant coaches are former players at the college. Missy Kesecker Cutchall is in her fourth year as the pitching coach. Both Lindsey Secrest and Heather Creek are in their first year and they will help out the outfielders. Secrest will also work with the baserunners, while Creek will also work on the hitting.

The Region XX Tournament will be played this year at Prince Georges from May 4-6.

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