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Women's softball stars compete in all-star game

June 19, 2014

By Kevin Liszka

Cleveland State University’s softball team was well represented at an all-star game Tuesday June 17 in Findlay, Ohio. The game pitted local college talent against the US Women’s National Team.

The game was second in a series of three exhibition games for the US National Team.
They are currently preparing for the 2014 World Cup of Softball and the 2014 Women’s World Championship in July and August, respectively.

Sophomore infielder Erica McNew, junior pitcher Alex Radjen and junior infielder Cynthia Woodard were selected out of a pool of players to participate in the event.

All three Vikings expressed a mixture of trepidation and excitement heading into the showcase.

“Sure it is scary, some of these girls are playing on a whole other level,” Woodard said. “But it is an amazing opportunity getting to play against this team I grew up looking up to.”

First year head coach Rebecca Norris is happy the players are being recognized.

“I knew these players were stars from the moment I got here. They deserve this honor because of their hard work on and off the field and in how they make others around them better.”

Norris said she is extremely to have all three players returning next year. McNew will be a junior and Radjen and Woodard will be seniors.

“We got to the end of the year and it hit me that we only had two seniors graduating,” Norris said.

Norris said the team will be aiming to win the conference tournament next year with a number of returning players.

Radjen said that last season was the best she’s had in the program.

“It was the best year out of all the years I have had being here,” Radjen said. “The team had good chemistry, better than in years past, and we’ll definitely look to carry that over into next year.”