Hawks softball ready for the season

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Hawks softball ready for the season

Tammi Kolesinski

Tammi Kolesinski

Tammi Kolesinski

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Softball season at Cosumnes River College began Feb. 4 with a doubleheader at home against San Jose City College.

The team has been training since the beginning of the school year. They are finally getting their positions set, HeadCoach Kristy Schroeder said during practice on Tuesday before opening day.

“We’re getting game ready,” Schroeder said.

The team had 25 wins and 17 losses last season and finished in the middle of the Big 8 during Schroeder’s first season as Hawks’ coach.

“We’re solid,” Schroeder said. The team has had some injuries and some academic issues, but overall they’re looking “pretty good.”

Assistant coaches Jamie Schloredt and Becka Schneider worked closely with players putting the finishing touches on signals and catching fly balls at the fence.

Schneider played outfield for the Hawks the last two seasons. She was named to the 2011 California Junior College Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Team, All Big 8 Conference First Team and All Northern Region. Now she’s bringing her outfield expertise and experience to the field as an assistant coach.

This year’s team has only two returning sophomore players on the roster, first base Angelica Mendoza and short stop Brianne Moreno, but only Mendoza is playing.

Moreno has a knee injury which put her on the disabled list this season. Last season she was a Big 8 Conference Honorable Mention. She played short stop in 39 of the 42 games batting .375 with 45 hits, the third highest amount of hits on the team.

“I’ll be playing again next year,” she said. This year she has “tried to guide and help and be a good teammate.”

Freshman Alyssa Greenhaw has taken over the short stop position.

“She’s coming off an injury but she’s doing a good job,” Moreno said.

The team is looking forward to a strong start against the Jaguars on opening day.

“I think it will go good as long as we keep our attitudes up,” Greenhaw said, “As long as we hit the ball.”

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