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February 9, 2004

Women’s softball team better balanced in 2004

SYLMAR – With the women’s softball program about to begin its second year, coach Kelly Lovato looks for a more balanced squad in 2004.

Photo of women's softball coach Kelly Lovato
Coach Kelly Lovato

"This year’s team doesn’t have as many weaknesses as last year’s," she said. "I think we’re better balanced at all positions."

Four players are returning from last year’s team. Several new players, most from San Fernando High School, join them.

"They have a good tradition there," said Lovato. "They’re 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 year’s most inspirational player, said Lovato. And shortstop Tamara LaBreche was last year’s best defensive player. She’s expected to provide leadership on the diamond.

Pitching duties will fall mostly to Tina Casillas, who helped lead her Simi High School team to the Marmont League championship last year, said Lovato.

Photo of pitcher Tina Casillas Photo of shortstop Tamara LaBreche
Pitcher Tina Casillas | Shortstop Tamara LaBreche

All in 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 year’s team," she said. "The returning players have been leaders and set examples for the new players."

Non-conference play for the women’s 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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