DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College softball team will compete for the first-ever Atlantic East Conference Championships this weekend. Wesley clinched the fifth seed in the upcoming conference tournament with an overall record of 16-20 and 3-7 in the Atlantic East. Wesley will take on Pod B host and second-seeded Immaculata in game one at 12 p.m. and Cabrini right after in the second game of the pod on Saturday.
"This is a great opportunity for our team to come together and rally around a common goal," said head coach Juli Greep. "We've been talking about the conference tournament and preparing for it all year. Only one team gets to raise the trophy first and I believe we have a great shot to bring history home to Wesley."
Wesley was led behind the bats of senior infielder Ashley Royer and junior infielders Karina Cardona and Brandi Dalious. Royer ended the regular season ranked in the top 10 in eight hitting categories in the Atlantic East. Royer is tied for second in doubles (14), tied for third in home runs (5) and triples (3), fourth in slugging percentage (.714), hits (43) and runs scored (31), sixth in at-bats (109) and 10th in batting (.394) and runs batted in (23).
Cardona and Dalious made their presence felt as the season progressed, finding themselves in a four-way tie for third place in the Atlantic East in home runs (5). Cardona finished the regular season tied for second in doubles (14), fourth in runs batted in (31) and eighth in slugging percentage (.641). Dalious ended the regular season second in the conference in slugging (.641), third in on-base percentage (.529) and sixth in batting (.420).
Stolen bases were a specialty for Wesley as the Wolverines ended the regular season leading the conference with 83 stolen bases as a team with Megan DiRubbio leading the way with 20.
Freshman pitcher Jessica Anderson made an impact right from the start leading the conference in total strikeouts (99) while collecting six wins. Sophomore utility player Dori Loukopoulos was a threat every time she took to the mound and at the bat. Loukopoulos leads the team in wins (7) and sits fifth in the Atlantic East in opposing batting average (.240).
"We have a great pitching staff and exceptionally talented hitters who I believe are ready to shine together" Greep added.
The winners of each of the pods advance to the best-of-three Atlantic East Championship Series on May 3-4.