by Tom Brown
Fresh off a season in which they finished with a record of 37-8 and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Benedictine Women’s Softball team looks to build upon that success for the 2012 season.
This season’s Eagles will look much like the 2011 team, losing only four players to graduation from a team that went 22-2 in conference play before losing in the tournament. Senior starting pitcher and captain Brittany Adcox believes that the team’s success in conference will be beneficial for the upcoming season.
“It’s really motivating knowing that we are the team to beat. We won it last year so teams are going to be out to get us,” Adcox said. “We know we have the talent to beat every team in the conference, so as long as we keep that winning mentality, we will definitely be the team to beat.”
Leading that talent for the Eagles is Adcox herself. She led the conference in ERA, wins and strikeouts last seasons and needs just 18 wins to become the all-time leader for Benedictine.
Joining Adcox as a senior captains and star returners for are shortstop Brittany Wolski and catcher Kara Walsh. Last season, Wolski was fourth in the conference in batting average and led the league in both runs scored and hits, while Walsh was tied for third in the league in RBIs.
In addition to the three senior captains, the Eagles will look for big contributions from senior Stephanie Rybarczyk and sophomore Kelly Mieszala, who joined Adcox, Wolski, and Walsh on the All-Region team last year.
The Eagles will begin the 2012 season with their annual spring break trip to Florida. Adcox believes that this trip is one of the highlights of the season, both from a competition and team bonding standpoint.
“Our Florida trip is always a blast,” Adcox said. “Not only is it the first time we go out and play, but it’s a chance for the girls to get to know each other outside of practice.”
The Florida schedule for the Eagles is grueling, as they have five straight double-headers.
“This year will probably be our toughest schedule we have ever had on the Florida trip,” Adcox went on to say. “There is no sense in easing into the season and plus it gives a chance to see what it is we need to work on going into the regular season.”