Softball season starts 2-4
By James Paxson, Sports Editor
The Schoolcraft women’s softball team started the 2017 season with some ups and downs so far. The Ocelots are 2-4 in their first six games of the season, including getting shutout three of the first six games. The early season looks unsteady, but Coach Linares is not worried a bit.
“We have a lot of games to play this season, I am not worried and think the girls will be able to get the job done and become great players by the end of the season,” said Head Coach Rey Linares.
With March proving to be troublesome with the weather conditions only allowing the Ocelots to play a pair of games against Oakland Community College on March 28, the team finally was able to take to the field for a doubleheader April 1, against Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan.
In game one, Schoolcraft got shutout on the scoreboard scoring no runs in seven innings. The Ocelots were held to only two hits throughout the game and they were by freshman infielder/outfielder/pitcher Cori Wilson and freshman catcher/ outfielder Emma West. West has a batting average of .300, one homerun and two RBIs, which is good for second best batting average for freshman and third best hitter on the team.
Macomb Community College were scoreless through the first four innings until the bottom of the fifth when the Monarchs scored two. The Monarch’s Alexis Nowowiecki on a RBI double batted the first run in. Megan Motte batted the second and final run in on a RBI single. The game ended with Schoolcraft losing 2-0.
Game two started with lots of offense by both Schoolcraft and Macomb. In the first inning, Schoolcraft scored by an RBI sacrifice hit by sophomore outfielder Kelsie Powell. Autumn Dobrick scored the run to take the early 1-0 lead for the Ocelots. Unfortunately, the Ocelots did not have the lead for long as the Monarchs tied the game at one with a sacrifice fly from Hailey Beard.
The game remained tied at one a piece until the top of the fifth inning when Powell got her second RBI and put Schoolcraft up by one. The score would remain 2-1 until the end. With win the Ocelots got their first conference win are currently 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference play as of April 1.
“Our biggest weakness as a team right now is communication. We have not been able to communicate well and it is a big part of the game that is affecting how good we play right now,” said sophomore first baseman Rosie Garvin.
Schoolcraft will have a doubleheader match-up coming up Tuesday, April 11 against conference rival Delta College and games will be played at Delta College. The team will return home and play St. Clair County Friday, April 14 at home in Livonia, Michigan at Ford Field.
“We all plan on getting better by continuing to work hard at practice. Going further I hope we improve and do things that we know we can do,” said sophomore infielder Kassidy Lipinski.
To find a team roster, schedule, and recent game results go to the MCCAA (Michigan Community College Athletic Association) website at www.mccaa.org.