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The Lookout | April 20, 2018

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LCC softball team turning corner

LCC softball team turning corner
The Lookout

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor

Losing nine of its first 10 games in Tennessee and Florida to begin 2016 was not the start the LCC softball team was envisioning.

Since then, however Coach Marc Kibby’s team had won 13 of its last 14 through March 29, including seven in a row.

“Since we’ve came back north from our spring break we’re playing well as a team and we’re playing good defense,” Kibby said after sweeping Glen Oaks CC (0-6 MCCAA West, 0-14 overall) by scores of 11-0 and 16-1 on March 29. “I’m real happy with what we’re doing.”

LCC has outscored its opponents 65-5 so far during its winning streak and is averaging almost 10 runs per game.

“We’re getting better,” said sophomore third baseman Nichole Numerich. “In the beginning it was kind of rough just because we didn’t know what to expect, but game-by-game we’re doing well.”

When Kibby was recruiting for 2016, he said intangibles were going to play a big role in who would be coming to play for the team.

“The main thing is the mental aspect of this game,” Kibby explained. “We’ve had talent here. We just mentally haven’t been tough enough and this team, right here, right now, is understanding what we need to do.”

Kibby tabbed freshmen catcher Rebecca Piron, shortstop Grace Quiggle and outfielder Chazney Balmer as the ones new in royal blue who are making an impact, both offensively and defensively, so far.

“Those are the freshmen we’ve been looking for,” he said.

Kibby said he is expecting every second-year player to lead this team in one way or another, but sophomore pitchers Alexandra Grys and Renee Morton have taken this team under their wing and have pointed LCC (6-0 MCCAA West, 13-11 overall) in the right direction.

Numerich was adamant in saying that regardless of how the team is doing right now, it can’t let the smaller blemishes during games cascade into something more troublesome.

“It is super important,” Numerich said. “This is a game of errors in a way. When something (bad) happens we can’t hang our heads because it’ll be like a domino effect. We definitely have to stay positive and cheer each other on.”

The Lady Stars were scheduled to hit the road for a doubleheader against Ancilla College April 1, and were slated to have a four-game home stand April 2 and 5 against 14th-ranked Muskegon CC and Delta College, respectively.

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