Tom Conley ’15, Associate Sports Editor
After combinations of numerous cancelations and postponements, the Merrimack softball team can finally expect a more reliable schedule, after the dragging of the first half of the season. In the preseason polls our lady Warriors were projected to finish third in the NE-10 division behind an almost unanimous number one, Southern New Hampshire University, and Stonehill College. However, thanks to one of the better starts in the NE-10 this year, our women in blue and gold are already debunking that prediction. Merrimack is currently second in the NE-10, just behind powerhouse, SNHU, in the standings. Although the ladies have posted a moderate 10-12 record after their first 22 games, their divisional resume still stands at an impressive 3-1.
Among the Warriors top hitters are sophomore infielder Mariah Tenney, and senior captain Becca Armstrong. Tenney, as a sophomore, has emerged for the Warriors, batting .301, and already swiping 19 bags, leading the NE-10. Armstrong is also a big bat for the offense, batting .333 with 8 RBIs with one of the 9 homeruns for the Warriors this season. Although the team hasn’t gotten off to the hottest start, Armstrong is still very optimistic of her team.
“So far our team has overcome so much and come a long way. I am very proud of our performance, our hard work, and the way we hold each other and ourselves accountable. The hard work that the team puts in day in and day out is showing out on the field. We have grown so close as a team on and off the field and developed a trusting bond, which is key in a successful team. We have a very talented group of girls on this team and I am excited to see how far we can make it this season.”
As the second place team in the NE-10, playoffs are starting to become a reality for our women, and a familiar one at that. With the potential this young team has, a deep playoff push could be in future once again for this relentless squad of athletes. Armstrong is confident in her team and is holding high expectations for this year’s club.
“The season is just beginning for us. We have a ton of games left to play and against very competitive teams, but if we keep our focus and positive attitudes that we have had in the previous games we will go a long way. We do have a young team but everyone has been stepping up and getting the job done. We have the potential to go a long way this season with the amount of talent that we have on the field and I am planning on playing through the playoffs and then to regionals.”
The Warriors will continue their road to the playoffs this weekend, as they take on Stonehill in a day/night double header, Friday, April 10, 2015.
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