Lady Skippers set to take field

SC4’s softball team starts season

Donald Lierman
Staff writer

While playing the game is the easy part, having enough players to fill a team is a necessity. The Lady Skippers softball squad took somewhat unique measures to have all their bases covered.
“So many players graduated from last year’s team that we were forced to canvas students to see if they were interested in playing,” said freshman Marissa Isaac.
The Marine City second baseman feels this year’s group has much to learn.
“We are inexperienced,” said Isaac. “Only four players are returning. We only have 14 overall. Still, we have a lot of room for improvement.”
A positive point from that is we won’t be intimidated by anybody because we don’t know who is good or bad. We’ll be expecting to win every time we take the field.”
Last year, the Lady Skippers finished in fifth place with an 8-16 record in the Eastern Division of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Coach Ron Matthews looks to improve on that record.
“We hope to finish in the top three,” he said. “The team shows a lot of promise. They have come a long way on the Florida trip.”
The team has four returning players who will all play a major part in how the team performs. They are Charli DeKam, Katie Barrett, Ashley Locke and Katie Nietzke.
“New players who should make a positive difference are Marissa Isaac, Carly Taylor, Stephanie Sweet, Paige Filipowki, Caitylyn Sanderson, Taryn Kreger, and Gabby LaMere,” Matthews said.
As is the case most every year, Mother Nature plays a huge factor on the schedule.
“It would have been nice to have come back from Florida and be able to get outside,” said Matthews. “We just have to make do. Everyone is in the same boat as far as the weather goes.”
The Lady Skippers’ next home game will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 against Macomb Community College.
All home games are played at Pine Grove Park. For further information, visit www.sc4.edu.

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