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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 23, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College softball team heads to Florida for the opening of the 2007 season on Sunday.
Softball heads down to Florida for 10 games in Fort Myers, including the season opener Sunday at 11 a.m. against New Paltz State. New Paltz is coached by Kristina Katori, a former Colby assistant softball and basketball coach.
Colby senior captains Amy Palmer '07, Miki Starr '07, Lindsey Toomey '07 and Essie Widlanski '07 will be counted on to provide leadership for head coach Dick Bailey and the softball team after going 11-20 last season.
The loss of Starr to an injury hurt the Mules and last season. An All-NESCAC player her first two seasons, Starr missed all but seven games with the injury.
Palmer led the team in hitting last year at .292 and earned the squad's most improved player honor. Toomey finished with a 2-3 record and a 2.42 earned run average while working 26 innings. Widlanski led all players with 25 chances or more in field percentage at .983.
Mollie Puskar '08 will play second base after batting .280 last year and earning the team's best defensive award for her infield play. Tory Starr, Miki's younger sister, returns at first base after leading the club in RBI (13) a year ago, Sarah Whitfield '09 is back at shortstop and third baseman Carlie Minichino also returns. Minichino hit .261 and led the Mules with three home runs.
Alyssa Crowell '09 was second in innings pitched (49.2) while adding three victories. She also is capable of playing in the outfield. Randi Arsenault (2.47 ERA) and Amanda Roehn also return to the pitching staff, while first-year hurler Brittany Tasi should contribute right away.
Christine Fitzgerald '09 and Alaina Clark '08 will see time in the outfield along with Starr, Palmer and Crowell. First-year players Christine Gillespie and Emily Pavelle will play infield roles for Colby.