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College softball: HCC has high hopes for spring

March 07, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College softball coach Amy Sterner likes her team’s chances this spring.

“I am confident that we have a good chance to be successful this year,” said Sterner, whose Hawks open their season Thursday at home with doubleheader against Garrett. “I would say that we have a very talented group of athletes that can play multiple positions.

“We fell a little bit short of reaching our goal last year by losing in the region championship to Cecil. We know that we have all of the pieces that we need to win the region championship this year, if we focus and stay strong in every aspect of the game.”

HCC has three returning sophomores from last year’s team that went 16-15 overall and 11-9 in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

The returnees are pitcher/first baseman Megan Peomroy (Catoctin), shortstop/outfielder Brittany Heller (Williamsport) and third baseman/outfielder Meghan Sharrah (Waynesboro).

The other 10 players on the roster are freshmen, including seven from Washington County — shortstop/catcher Kayla Ewing (Williamsport), first baseman/outfielder Katie Forsythe (South Hagerstown), second baseman/outfielder Tylisa Green (North Hagerstown), outfielder Jess Hartman (Smithsburg), second baseman/outfielder Rachel Herrera (Saint James), third baseman/catcher Candace Horchner (Williamsport) and second baseman Ragan Shaw (North Hagerstown).

The other freshmen are first baseman Rachel Hagemann (Frederick), catcher/third baseman Carly Mowen (Greencastle) and pitcher/outfielder Sarah Mullin (Martinsburg).

“Pitching is going to be the key for us this year,” Sterner said. “If our pitching is successful, then that should lead to good defense and offense. If our pitching does their thing, then the rest of it is going to take care of itself. Hitting is definitely going to be our strength. We have a solid group of hitters one through nine. We can also field the ball pretty good.”

Sterner said she’s been impressed with what she’s seen during the preseason workouts.

“I am looking for good things,” Sterner said. “It is a young group, but it is very talented. We are all focused on the same goal. With this group that we have assembled, we have enough to get it done. Chesapeake, Cecil and Catonsville should be our toughest opponents this year. But we are going to go into every game approaching it the same way, whether it is a championship team or a sub-.500 team.”

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