Wesley softball gearing up for start of season

Wesley softball gearing up for start of season

DOVER, Del – The softball season is upon us! Are you ready to play ball? The Wesley College softball team surely is. 

During the off-season, sixth-year head coach Juli Greep made sure her girls were prepared for the spring season. The team is hungrier than ever and on a mission to claim their first-ever berth in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Tournament. 

Coach Greep found a way to not only have the girls get physically ready for the 2017 season, but mentally as well. Greep hired a mental trainer to work with the team during the off-season. The trainer really helped get the players invested in their total body in order to get to the next level.

The Wolverines return two players who were named All-CAC in 2016, senior catcher/third baseman Nina Marcano and sophomore infielder Samantha Burns.

Marcano led the Wolverines last season in extra base hits, recording five doubles, four triples, and four home runs along with hitting for a .382 average. Burns shined during her freshman campaign, tallying the second-best on-base percentage in the CAC (.545) along with a .446 batting average to rank third in 2016. Burns notched a team-high 45 hits and 27 runs scored.

"I want the team to succeed this season," Burns stated. "I believe this team could do some damage in conference play and make the tournament."

Another key returner in the field is sophomore utility player Ashley Royer. Last season, Royer led the team with eight doubles while tying for the team-lead in homers with four and driving in 26 runs.

The Wolverines return two seniors on the mound in Lindsay Siok and Lily Engel. Siok led the team in 2016 with seven wins and 44 strikeouts. Engel tallied three wins a season ago and is looking to impress in her last year putting on a Wesley uniform. "I think this season will be the best yet," Engel proclaimed. "(Our team) has worked hard in the fall and in the preseason and we are ready to hit the field."

The Wolverines will host the Lincoln Lions in their 2017 home opener on Saturday, Feb. 25. The non-conference doubleheader begins at 10 a.m. from DuPont Softball Field.