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HCC softball team pins hopes on experience

March 10, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Coach David Brooks hopes the combination of 10 returning sophomores from last year's 18-9 team and some promising freshmen will add up to a successful season for the Hagerstown Community College softball team.

"This year, we have a lot of sophomores with experience," Brooks said. "Now they know what it's going to take to win the Region XX championship. With the large group of returning sophomores and incoming freshmen, we are strong offensively and defensively. This is the most depth that we have had on our roster since I have been here."

The Hawks' pitching staff boasts plenty of experience in sophomores Casey Woods, Destinee Olden, Amy Miller and Krystal Barrett.

"We have four pitchers this year," Brooks said. "Casey will get the majority of the innings, but Destinee, Amy and Krystal can step in and win games for us."

Sophomore Amanda Coe will be the starting catcher and freshman Nina Chiaruttini will back up.

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Sophomore Cherrae Freeman will start at first base, with freshman Karey Toms and sophomore Janet Cole filling in behind her. Sophomore Tawnya Blair will start at second base and sophomore Jess Stough will be at shortstop. Freshman Jennifer Clark will start at third base, with freshman Heather Taylor backing up.

Sophomore Megan Riggleman will start in left field, freshman Adrienne Munoz will be in center and Chiaruttini will hold down right field. Freshman Stephanie Barber and Toms will also see time in the outfield. Miller and Taylor will share the designated hitter role.

"We can put nine girls in the lineup that can hit, throw, run and make things happen," Brooks said. "We have more team speed this year. If our pitchers can throw strikes and keep us in the game, we have a chance to win a lot of games. We have a chance to battle for the Region XX championship."

Brooks feels that his players have a good work ethic.

HCC opens its season Saturday in the College of Southern Maryland Invitational. The Hawks return home for a doubleheader against York College on March 19.

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