SMC Softball: Belles face first challenge
Meredith Kelly | Wednesday, March 6, 2013
After losing six seniors and five starters from last year’s squad , Saint Mary’s will look toward to its tournament in Florida next week as a developmental opportunity for the team.
“[We lost] two of the three pitchers, starting first baseman, second baseman, third baseman and two outfielders. It was a good percentage of the team,” Belles coach Erin Sullivan said. “But we brought in  freshmen who could definitely take their spots.”
Senior captain and catcher Morgan Bedan said the trip to Florida will be a great opportunity to test the team’s ability and cohesiveness.
“Florida will be a good chance to try out some lineups,” Bedan said. “And then [we will] see how everyone reacts in a game situation.”
Sullivan also said the games in Florida next week will be a learning curve for her young roster. Sullivan is optimistic the Belles can notch wins in the tournament and gave valuable experience.
“In general, they [the freshman] lack knowledge experience,” Sullivan said. “But because of their attitudes, their willingness to play and their passion for the sport, I don’t think they are going to take long to get used to it. “I expect them to all step up in their own way and contribute the best they can for the team.”
Bedan said she is excited and confident not only about the tournament next week, but the season in general.
“Of the teams I have played on at Saint Mary’s, this team has the most talent and potential,” Bedan said. “We should be very competitive in our conference and I believe we have a strong chance of playing in the MIAA tournament.”
Last year the Belles notched 27 victories and gained their sixth appearance in the MIAA conference tournament.
Five returning players – senior co-captains Morgan Bedan and Emily Sherwood, junior Callie Selner and sophomores Victoria Connelly and Cecily Medina will attempt to replicate the road to success from last spring.
Sullivan said the five returnees will serve as great mentors for the freshman throughout the entire season.
The Belles will kick off their season Sunday and will play 10 game, over the course of five days, beginning in Cape Coral, Fla.
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