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Softball swings for the fences in upcoming season

February 18, 2011

As the snow melts away and spring is slowly but surely drawing near, the Monmouth College softball team is preparing for the upcoming season. Returning three starters from last year, the team is hopeful that this year their depth will prove beneficial on the field and is looking to take advantage of its large freshman class.

“The freshman will see a lot of playing time so we will have a mixture of experienced players and not so experienced players on the field at the same time,” said junior Brooke Twohill.

The underclassmen will get an early start when the team heads to Florida over spring break where they will face teams from across the nation.

“Florida will be a great experience for us younger players,” said transfer sophomore Samantha Sons, expressing excitement about getting started with her new team. “[In Florida] we hope to better ourselves, the team, and the program as a whole.”

Upon returning from Florida, the Scots start non-conference play at home on March 20 with a double header at Cornell College. The non-conference schedule includes Illinois Wesleyan, Eureka College, North Central, and Milikin among others.

After finishing 3rd in the conference playoffs last year, and 4th the year before that, the team hopes to continue their success and bring back a conference title.

“Overall, we had a good season,” said Twohill of last season, attributing the team’s success to “good team chemistry.”

Of the  21 player roster, nine are returning from last year. The team is anxious to get out of the Huff Center Fieldhouse and on to the diamond to show that they are the top team in the MWC.

“Our main goal is to win conference,” said Twohill with a confident enthusiasm.

BY ANDREW FARRAHER
Contributing Writer

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