[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Its that time of year again, the grass is starting to grow, and the bats of the Clarion Golden Eagles softball team are swinging in full motion.
The Golden Eagles will come into this season with much to improve upon after its disappointing campaign last spring.
Coming off a record of 4-26 last season (0-16 PSAC) things can only go up for Clarion this season.
This season will also see the return of a lot of similar faces after only losing two players from last season’s team.
This years Golden Eagle lineup will also feature eight freshmen that are all eager to showcase their young talent for Head Coach Shintrika Hudson.
Hudson will enter this season with already two years under her belt as the leader of the Clarion Softball squad.
Her combined record thus far stands at 14-51.
Leading the young team on the field though will be the team’s only two seniors in Kirsten Wilcox and Elizabeth Shiring, both of whom are outfielders.
Wilcox is a one time over .300 average batter and has a career batting average of .292, which is one of the best of the team coming into the 2014 season.
Leading the way on the mound will be junior pitcher Chelsea Zola who is coming off a good season last spring, in which she finished with a season ERA of 2.05 and threw 58 total innings.
The Golden Eagles will start the year in Myrtle Beach as part of the Snowbird Invitational in South Carolina.
The trip should be a good test or the young Clarion team to work out the kinks and also develop a stronger team unit. Clarion will start with Philadelphia University on March 16 at 9:30 a.m. and will continue playing throughout the next few days.
When the Golden Eagles return from down South they will start PSAC play on Friday March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Clarion to face the Mercyhurst Lakers who have already started their season and own a record of 0-8.
Mercyhurst beat Clarion in both games they played last season, 5-1 and 5-0.
Clarion will be looking for a fast start this season to put last years woes behind them early, and hopefully will find that with their deep pool of young talent.
Junior infielder Nicole Linder should also provide a boost the Clarion lineup after averaging a career best batting average at .367 last seasons, Linder also hit two homeruns and contributed 29 total hits.
The Golden Eagles combined for only 18 wins in the last three seasons and will look this spring to top that this spring and put the last few years being them.
Junior pitcher Shawnna Crago sees versitility on the offensive end as a key for the Eagles.
““From small ball to directional hitting to power, we have such a wide range that we hope will be effective in every game,” she said.
Crago continued, “I have confidence in this team and I hope we can live up to these expectations and follow through,” Crago said.
Clarion will open at Myrtle Beach this Sunday March 16 against Philadelphia University at 9:30 and then will compete with Saint Joseph’s-Long Island that same day at 11:30 a.m.
The Snowbird Invitational will feature seven games for the Golden Eagles in total before they return for their PSAC opener against Mercyhurst on March 21.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]