HCC's softball team gears for more success

March 14, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College softball coach Amy Sterner is making plans to have another successful season in 2011.

The Hawks finished 19-13 overall and 15-5 in the Maryland JuCo Conference a year ago.

“I’m excited for the season to start,” Sterner said. “I think we are going to be solid in all aspects of the game. All 11 girls are quality athletes who can play multiple positions. They are great students and they are committed to our program.”

Five sophomores who saw significant playing time last year return for HCC, including Berkeley Springs graduate Katie Kesecker at pitcher/second base and Waynesboro graduate Mallory Wishard at first. Catcher Brittany Larrick, third baseman Amanda Lizama and center fielder Ryan Hudson also are back.

“I think our main strength will be the fact that we will have the benefit of having so many strong sophomore leaders,” Sterner said. “We fell short of our goal last year, and these girls know what they need to do to take the next step.”

Outfielder Hillary Ware, a Hedgesville graduate, returns as a redshirt freshman after an injury derailed her season a year ago.

The five incoming freshmen include Clear Spring graduate Damara McDonough at pitcher/second base, Megan Peomroy at pitcher/shortstop, Williamsport graduate Brittany Heller at left field/shortstop, Waynesboro graduate Meghan Sharrah at outfield/third base, and outfielder Ashley Graybill.

“The preseason practices are going really good so far,” Sterner said. “We have been able to get outside a few times and the girls are working really hard. The girls are excited about starting the season. They are ready to play. I expect my team to be good in all areas. I am excited to put them on the field against different teams and see what they can do.”

Sterner said the Hawks can be one of the top competitors for the Maryland JuCo and Region XX championships.

“Our goal is to win the region and I think that we have all of the tools to do that, if we can execute,” Sterner said. “We want to compete in the national tournament this year. There is a lot of potential on our team.

“We face good quality competition from everyone in the region. I expect Cecil to be strong again. They won the region last year. Catonsville is always strong. ... We are going to have to bring our ‘A’ game against everybody.”

HCC will open its home schedule with a doubleheader against Anne Arundel on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Hawks will get an early-season test against Cecil in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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