Lady Pioneer’s Softball PreviewBy Chris Hunter | March 28th, 2012 | Category: Sports | No Comments »
It’s that time of year again! The Lady Pioneers, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Mandy Sansbury, will be running the bases and fielding grounders in the Caronlinas beginning February 24th. In fact they won’t have a game in West Virginia until March 8th and sadly for all of you Pioneer Softball fans this will take place at Institute against the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears. It won’t be until the 11th of March that Glenville will host a collegiate softball game. On that day the Lady Pioneers will host out of conference foe Mercyhurst in a double header.
All of these out-of-conference games are meant to prepare the Lady Pioneers for one thing. A conference championship. The Lady Pioneers are predicted to finish in the top half of the conference with a 6th place prediction. Every team’s goal should be to beat their preseason ranking and in this regard the Lady Pioneers are no different and why shouldn’t they be. They return a ton of talent from last season and showed gradual, if not colossal progression from one game to the next last year.
Beginning with Senior Catcher Lacey Williams-Metheny, Williams led the team in home runs with 8 and is the returning leader in batting average. An underrated aspect of her game that the average fan may not notice is her fielding. Even from arguably the most difficult position to play, Williams led the team in fielding percentage from her catching position. Christie Hittel will start opening day at first base and looks to receive significant playing despite a limited role last year. Hittel was an all-state member her senior year at Lincoln High School in West Virginia. Starting at the second base position for the Lady Pioneers will be Sophomore Brittany Spencer. Spencer received an impressive amount of playing time last year given the fact she was a freshman. The Ritchie County native should play an even larger role for Glenville this year especially if they are to succeed. Another middle infielder that saw playing time last year as a freshman was Morgan Scarpellini. Scarpellini, a Hamlin, West Virginia native batted a solid .250 average for last season and probably will see an increased role in running the bases this year. In her first year she was choosy when she was on the basepaths but was a perfect 4 for 4 in her attempts. At third base will be yet another sophomore, Kayleigh Huck. Huck hails from out-of-state Delware, Ohio, and played in over 30 games last year. Huck adds a combination of skills to the team with her glove and arm(only 4 errors last season) and bat(2 home runs and .404 slugging percentage).
In the outfield will be Carly Caldon, Carlee Chatron, and Katelyn Porter. Since we are on the topic of Sophomores who better to talk about than in-state native Carly Caldon. Caldon, from Ripley, West Virginia, returns the second highest batting percentage to the team. She uses the same speed that enables her turn an out into a single in the outfield while fielding. Alongside Caldon in centerfield will be the lone freshman starter on the team in Carlee Chatron.Chatron, comes from the big city of Cleveland, Ohio where her softball talents were impressive enough to earn a spot on the Glenville State roster. Chatron, while only a freshman, has big expectations placed on her by Coach Sansbury. Rounding out the roster for the Lady Pioneers is one of the few upperclassmen on the team in Katelyn Porter. Porter is from Washington, West Virginia and brings leadership to a team full of underclassmen. Porter saw playing time in 36 games last season but is going to have to play an even larger part for the Lady Pioneers if they are to exceed their preseason ranking. With a tough nonconference schedule to prepare them, the Lady Pioneers will expect victory every time they step on the field.