Despite losing to St. John Fisher College in last season’s Super Regionals, the 2016 season for the women’s softball team was one for the record books. With an overall team record of 41 wins and incredibly only 5 losses, the softball team had a historical campaign, although they came up a bit short. Se ing a school record for the Manhattanville softball program in wins, being ranked nationally for the first time in school history and breaking almost every offensive record set as a team (67 home runs, 334 runs batted in, 105 doubles and 460 hits to name a few), it was a solid improvement on the year prior for the Valiants.
The program was named “Breakout Team of the Year” by HERO Sports, and was ranked as high as 19th in the country for Division III softball programs ranked by the NFCA. It is safe to say that although the softball team had their best season in school history, the end result was not what was expected. Freshly returning from their trip down to Florida where the Valiants won a modest 4 out of 8 games, they have started o the season with an overall record of 5 wins and 7 losses.
With numbers that can definitely be improved on, the Valiants will look to have a strong rst conference game on Saturday, March 25th, against Eastern University. When asked about preparing for a successful season, sophomore Tori Dixon stated, “In order to repeat last year’s success or success in general, we think about all the hard work we put in leading up to the season, all the early practices and extra time. We think about what we play for and why, and allow that to motivate us to reach our goals.”
With a competitive-natured mentality such as Dixon stated, the team will look to get back on track sooner rather than later. With 14 games remaining in the regular season and hopefully more games to follow, the Valiants look to progress as a team. Combining 32 home runs and 145 runs batted from now-sophomores Aarin Hartenstein, Sophia Chapelone and Desiree Buboi they’ll look to help kick start the Valiants.
“As far as atmosphere, the team is always ready to go. We’re always ready to have fun and bring everything we’ve got on to the eld. Whenever a teammate is down or needs help, we
can always depend on one another to pick us right back up again,” said Dixon in regard to the team’s culture.
With a team full of devoted players, all striving to reach the end goal of a championship, the Valiants can hopefully get on track and play at the exciting level that they maintained in their 2016 season.