Joe Bittner, ’Doah Staff Writer
February 20, 2013
Clean off home plate, toss out the bats and balls, and lace up your cleats — softball season is here. Hard work over the long summer and cold winter will soon pay off during the upcoming spring. The players have been looking forward to this for months, and finally, the time has arrived.
After finishing 24-17 last year in the USA South conference, the Hornets are looking to make a statement this year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). A number of their returning players received USA South conference awards last season including Brittany Guepe, Jordan Wolford, Lauren McCabe, Heather Sink, Denise Mitchell and Morgan Coble. With the experience and skill of these players coming back to the team, the Hornets increase their chances of having a huge impact on the ODAC this year. “We are all focused on getting better day in and day out,” says Heather Sink. “Whether it’s in the weight room or on the field, the upper classmen are leading this team.”
Two of these returners have been nominated as captains for the 2013 season: Lauren McCabe and Denise Mitchell. They hope to make their senior year a memorable one by winning an ODAC championship. In the ODAC preseason rankings, S.U. is ranked fifth, directly behind Randolph-Macon. Virginia Wesleyan is first with Roanoke following closely in second and Bridgewater in third. These rankings don’t worry the Hornets though. “The ODAC is a strong conference so there will be good competition, but I think the level our team is on right now is one that will make us a top competitor,” said Sink. With this confidence, the girls are aiming high and anticipating success.
Even with a tough schedule this year, Coach Kotynski expects her players to perform at their best. It is a very important year for the Hornets and they know it. It is a necessity for them to make a large impact in their first year in the ODAC. Their mission starts Sunday, Feb. 24, at home against Averett, a former USA South opponent. Winning this game will give the Hornets the confidence they need to move into ODAC conference games about a week later. So, come out and support your softball team, and always remember: Go Hornets!