The 2019 Sussex CC Softball team is preparing to open their season next Friday March 22, 2019 with a home doubleheader against Yeshiva University. Head Coach AJ Agnor says "Our goal is to make the playoffs." We are looking to fill the leadership roles with our returning sophomores as they bring knowledge, motivation and region experience. SCCC returns 8 sophomores with 6 starters scattered on the field. Retuning to the left side of the field is third baseman, Amanda Maxwell. Agnor says, "when you have a player like Amanda you're just thrilled that she is there another year." First basemen Nicole Matlock is working back from a hip injury but is progressing towards a full recovery as she is a key defender with a strong bat in the lineup. Taylor Thieme, second basemen and previous player of the week is expected to see a bulk of the time in the middle of the infield as well as continueing her steady bat. Utility player Megan Rafferty has found her home postion this year. She will be taking over the responsiblities behind the plate as our catcher. Soph. Kathryn Szatkiewicz is our speed on the bases and our consistancy in the lineup. She is projected to be working from the middle infield to the outfield. Sophmore Brianne Willis will not only be a force on the mound for us but will also contribute her glove in the outfield. Peyton Smith, the first internation student athelte for SCCC Softball, will also contrubite on the mound and in the lineup. Pitcher Rebecca Riley is returning from a season ending knee injury from last season. Riley is our projected No. 1 pitcher for the 2019 season. Our first year freshman are stepping up and into their own. They have been creating a memorable season from the start of the first practice for the coaches. Asst. Coach Jamie Smith says " It's great to see our sophomores start a tradition of welcoming and guiding freshman through this new level of fastpitch. I'm excited to see how they all mesh on the field from what they have been working so hard on in the gym, weightroom, and in leadership trainings."
Freshman Heather Sutton and Riley Delesky wil be battleing for a short-stop and outfield position. Both athletes bring enthusiam and motivation to the team! Madison Stires is in the running for third base and Left Field as her bat will help fill the gap in the top of the lineup. Freshmen Amanda Ross and Gianna Santiago will work for time behind the plate and in the field as they also offer their dedication and motivation. Dominique Accetta is a true power house in the batters box. She will fill a big role in the lineup for the lady skylanders. Emma Wiedbrauk is also apart of our 2019 team as she is coming back from a knee injury and hopes to return and make more of an impact next season.