softball team better balanced in 2004
With the womens softball program about to begin
its second year, coach Kelly Lovato looks for a more balanced squad in
years team doesnt have as many weaknesses as last years,"
she said. "I think were better balanced at all positions."
Four players are returning from last years team. Several new players,
most from San Fernando High School, join them.
"They have a good tradition there," said Lovato. "Theyre
always one of the top teams in the City Section, so we hope for good things
from these players."
Lovato expects leadership from several returning players. Co-captain Samantha
Dempsey, first base and left field, led the team last year in almost every
batting category and on-base percentage. Gloria Murillo is another captain.
The centerfielder was last years most inspirational player, said
Lovato. And shortstop Tamara LaBreche was last years best defensive
player. Shes expected to provide leadership on the diamond.
will fall mostly to Tina Casillas, who helped lead her Simi High School
team to the Marmont League championship last year, said Lovato.
Tina Casillas |
Shortstop Tamara LaBreche
all, Lovato hopes for improvement over last year. The 2003 team finished
at just under .500.
"There seems to be a great work ethic and dedication on the field
from this years team," she said. "The returning players
have been leaders and set examples for the new players."
Non-conference play for the womens softball team continues through
Feb. 21, including a home game at El Cariso Park against USC on Feb. 13.
Conference play begins on Feb. 24 against Santa Barbara College, away.
The first home conference game will be on Feb. 26 against Hancock College.
Home games are played at El Cariso Park.
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