Lady Catamounts Looking to Finish Strong

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Photos by Raymond Burner

After a strong season last year that resulted in the team winning its region and district.  The Lady Catamounts also made it all the way to the NJCAA Softball World Series for the first time in school history.  This season, the PSC Softball Team is off to a good start.  Through their first 30 games of the season, they have posted a record of 23-7.  The softball team is also currently undefeated at home.

“We have played very well in spots, and we have also showed weaknesses in some spots,” said Coach Jim Walton of his team’s performance so far this year.  He doesn’t think his team is playing their best softball right now, but they are at a crucial part of their schedule where they need to get some quality wins to help with the seed placement for the tournament at the end of the year.

When asked about standout players so far, Walton was adamant that they have the luxury of having a very deep team.  “Fortunately, we’re very strong throughout our entire lineup, which makes it difficult for opposing coaches on a daily basis.  We have 15 players, and on any given day, any of those 15 can contribute,” said Walton.

Individually speaking, the team does have some leading players.  Currently, the lead hitter is Beth Cook, and on the pitching side, Danica Rodgers, Beth Cook and Josie Clark.

The PSC Softball Team is losing a lot of players after this year.  Walton hopes that the four freshman on the team will return next year.  He has also already signed eight players for next year’s team.  “The new players next year are going to have tough spots to fill because our sophomores this year have played great for us both last year and this year.”

When asked about their chances of having a repeat of last year, Walton said, “Things have to fall in place and all come together when you are playing good competition.”  Walton believes that his team is very capable of having a repeat of last year by making it to the NJCAA Women’s College World Series for the second consecutive year; they just have to play their best softball at the right time.