Softball seeks to contend for title
LCC’s softball team is hoping to contend for a league championship this year, according to third-year Coach Marc Kibby.
The Stars record last year was 31-19 overall and 23-9 in their league, the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Western Conference.
Kibby said his team shows a lot of promise this year and should finish among the top three teams in the MCCAA’s Western Conference.
“If we play like we can, we have the capability that we should win the league,” he said.
The team has a number of trusted players who have performed well, as well as some promising newcomers, Kibby said.
Jessica Wood, a National Federation Coaches Association All-American last year, is the Stars’ sophomore first baseman. Last year, she maintained a .347 batting average and garnered 12 home runs and 43 RBIs. She expressed a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s team.
“The amount of talent we have this year can get us far,” Wood said. “I’m looking forward to being with the girls and the coaches.”
Emilie Pretzer, also a sophomore, is the team’s center fielder. She had a .341 average, with eight home runs and 35 RBIs for the Stars in 2013.
As far as new members to the team, Kibby said several freshmen outfielders stand out: third baseman Cheyenne Wallace, outfielder Katlyn Brosnan and outfielder Tara Smith. All three are off to strong offensive starts in the team’s early games.
From March 3 through 8, the Stars played eight games in Florida and went 2-6. The two wins were against Southeast Iowa and Darton, both Division 1 colleges, Kibby said.
On Tuesday, March 18, LCC played a doubleheader in Grand Rapids against Davenport College and won both games, 8-0 and 13-2. The Stars’ overall record through March 27 was 4-6.
Due to weather issues, the Stars have yet to practice outside, and their March 21 and 25 games were canceled.
“I don’t see us playing outside until the first week in April on our home field at Ranney (Park),” Kibby said.
The team’s next home game was scheduled to be played Saturday, March 29 against Glen Oaks.
“We need to come out mentally ready, especially because of the downtime we’ve had due to weather,” Kibby said.
Assistant coaches for LCC this year are Tom Smith, Carl Chaffee and Janet Hengesbach.