Women’s softball primes up for winning season in spring semester

David Gutman

A successful season is predicted to be on the rise for the women’s softball team at Saddleback College for the spring semester according to Coach Nick Trani.

Trani has coached at Saddleback for nearly 18 years and felt really confident in his current roster of players.

“I feel that we are real strong this year, and the last four years we have gotten to the championship round but have been knocked out,” Trani said. “We have been knocking on the door to the championship for a while now, but I feel confident that we can do it.”

One of their greatest strengths this year Trani said, is having three pitchers on the team instead of relying on just one for the entire game or going through the trouble of training a player to play a position that she is unfamiliar to.

One of the downside, the team’s roster consists of primarily freshmen girls, however Trani was not discouraged.

“We also have a good track record for scholarships,” Trani said. “About two years ago nine of our players received scholarships to play in schools all over the place.”

The high amount of scholarships is also attributed to the high grade point average of the team Trani said, with the GPA consistently being over a 3.00.

“I feel like we will do really well, preseason went very well and the outcome looks good,” Katlin Olesky, 18, sociology said.

“Our goal this year is to go to the State Championship and this year we can back it up,” Trani said.