March 28, 2017

Young Softball Team Plays Across Florida

Cleveland State University’s softball team is in the middle of a winter tour in Florida where it has competed in Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Tournament and the Florida Gulf Coast University Four Points Spring Break Classic.

The team has struggled so far this season, with a 2-20 start. Part of this has to do with a lack of experience. OF Sofia Johantgen -- a transfer student -- is the only senior on the roster, and most of the players are sophomores and juniors.

Head coach Becky Norris, who has been with the program for four years, has been involved with softball since she was five years old, and has been coaching for more than 20 years. Norris says she’s proud to be part of a sport she feels is the only one where coaches get involved.

Moving forward with a young, inexperienced roster is something Norris wants to do.

“I feel [junior catcher] Melanie Woodward is the closest thing we have to a veteran on this roster,” Norris said. “It’s a young group, but they have learning moments every day, and we continue to stride forward.”

Woodward, also an infielder, has a .217 batting average in 22 games played, with six RBI, eight runs and a stolen base.

Norris said she feels the sophomore class is doing an exceptional job. Two of the standouts, infielder Bailee Gray and pitcher Macy Kaisk, have batting averages of .250 and .286 respectfully. Norris also said Woodward is a strong leader and mentor for these sophomores as well.

Recruiting, Norris said, is something she looks forward to the most. “We’ll be able to take the necessary steps to add the right players and rebalance our class,” Norris said. “Recruiting will be awesome.”


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