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Softball off to strong start in MCCAA

Softball off to strong start in MCCAA

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor 

Opposing teams have not been the main opponent for the LCC softball team (12-9 overall, 10-0 MCCAA) in 2015; Mother Nature has.

Two of the Stars’ first four playing dates in Michigan were hindered by weather. The relocation of its first home game against Muskegon CC turned it into a road game.

The team’s most recent home game against Northwood’s JV team April 2 was called off because a driving rain was too much to continue play. The Lady Stars were trailing 5-3 at the time.

“It makes it bad,” said LCC Head Coach Marc Kibby. “It’d been great if it just poured at 10 a.m. and we could just say we were done. We get ready for a game and the other team travels, it makes it really rough and disappointing.”

After a slow start to the game, Northwood’s lead was cut thanks to a two-run blast by LCC sophomore catcher Hannah Knight.

“We got off to a bad start this game,” Kibby said. “It’s a learning lesson for us that everybody comes hard to play against us and we have to be ready all the time.”

Along with Kibby, Knight expressed her frustrations with inclement weather and not being able to seize the opportunity.

“It sucks; we’re all ready for the game,” Knight said. “We were behind, and that’s even worse because you really want to get on them and you don’t even get the chance.”

Aside from less than favorable weather, the Lady Stars have been on a tear since they returned from their interstate competition, winning eight straight games as conference play began.

Five straight games were stopped after LCC forced the eight-run mercy rule. Kibby said he is pleased with the positive results so early into the season against conference rivals.

During the winning streak Kibby’s squad has outscored its opponents 82-8 and is holding opposing batters to a .241 average, good for ninth in the nation among all divisions.

The LCC bats were quiet down south, batting only .221 and eclipsing five runs only once in a 13-12 loss to Northwest Florida State College in early March.

Since returning to Michigan the Lady Stars look like a different team, batting .379 and averaging 8.2 runs a game while going 12-0.

LCC currently sits third in the MCCAA and second in the MCCAA Western Conference behind Kellogg CC (13-6 overall, 8-0 MCCAA) with only non-conference losses being the deciding factor.

The Lady Stars were scheduled to travel to Battle Creek to face the Lady Bruins of Kellogg CC Saturday, April 4.

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