Cougars look for improvement PDF Print E-mail
Written by BY CLIFF CONNERS, Staff Writer   
Sunday, April 01, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College softball team comes into the 2007 season looking to improve upon its 6-8 overall mark from last year.
The Cougars open their season on Tuesday at home against SUNY Canton. Their original opener was scheduled for Sunday against Schenectady C.C. but has been postponed.
Although Clinton returns just five players from a year ago, head coach Amanda Deyo doesn't think inexperience will be a problem.
"The girls get along very well and over the years have played either against or with each other locally," Deyo said. "They all know what it takes to win, and I am confident in their abilities."
The Cougars expect to field a strong defensive unit, which should make things easier on first-year pitchers Courtney Thomas and Stephanie Brodi.
With the loss of Lori Babbie from last year's team, Thomas will be the team's No. 1 pitcher. Despite her lack of experience at the position, Deyo is still very confident Thomas will get the job done.
"She and Stephanie Brodi have looked very good in practice, and I know they will take it to the field," Deyo said. "Courtney played a lot of first base for us last year and is making the transition to the mound nicely."
The Cougars' defense is led by returning second baseman Jessica Gadway.
"Jess is just awesome at second base," Deyo said. "She gets anything that is hit her way. She will lead by example for us.
Newcomer Jacqueline Harding will be responsible for catching duties. Harding is taking on a new role — she has played mostly infield in the past.
"This is Jacqueline's first time catching since modified, but she is very quick and will do a good job for us," Deyo said. "She will also throw out a lot of runners."
Kandis Kowalowski will make the transition from shortstop to third base, while Jenna McNeil will start at shortstop and Krysten Inman is penciled in at first base, rounding out the infield.
The outfield appears to be strong, as Saania Duprey returns to be in charge of center field. Olivia Dukett will play left field, while Rachel Badgely, Kristen Hannon and Katie Clark will share right-field duties.
"Our outfield looks very solid," Deyo said. "This is as good of an outfield as we have had, and we will be very fast."
Offensively, the Cougars will look to get good production, especially from Gadway and McNeil.
"Jess and Jenna are our big hitters, but we will need production from everyone," Deyo said. "Hopefully, we will have some other girls step up and get the job done also.
"We will be aggressive on defense and on the bases. Our pitchers have to not worry about how hard they are throwing and just throw strikes and let the defense work behind them."
Deyo is optomisitc about her team's outlook this season.
"This is my third year, and this is the most potential I have seen here," Deyo said. "I think we will have a very successful season, and we can improve on the 6-8 record last year.
"We are very versatile, talented and experienced. That is a good combination."
Clinton Community College Softball
vs. Canton April 3 3 p.m.
at Adirondack April 5 3 p.m.
vs. North CountryApril 133 p.m.
vs. JeffersonApril 163 p.m.
at CantonApril 193 p.m.
at Columbia-Greene April 211 p.m.
at SUNY CobleskillApril 221 p.m.
vs. Fulton Mont.April 243 p.m.
at North CountryApril 273 p.m.
at Finger LakesApril 2812 p.m.
at Hudson ValleyMay 13 p.m.
Player PositionSchool
Olivia DukettCFTupper Lake
Kandis Kowalowski1BB'town
Saania DupreyCFChazy
Jessica Gadway2BNCCS
Courtney ThomasP/1BFort Plain
Jenna McNeilSSNAC
Krysten Inman1BSaranac
Rachel BadgleyOFMalone
Katie ClarkOFTiconderoga
Jacqueline HardingCNAC
Stephanie Brodi PPHS
Kristen HannonOFPHS



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