2014 Pomeroy Softball Season Preview
March 6, 2014
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team enters the 2014 spring season returning six players from last year’s team that featured a trip to the USCAA National Championships in Akron, Ohio. The Pomeroys finished with an 18-19 overall record in 2013 and a seventh place finish at the national tournament. With a fresh set of new faces to this year’s young roster, the Pomeroys are eager to have a successful season in hopes of winning their first national title since 2008.
The Pomeroys will be led by seniors Shelby Barnett and Carly Painter. Along with the senior class, junior Shelby Turner and sophomores Rebecca Latta and Kimberly Strattman will also look to make a splash as leaders of talented Pomeroy team.
A busy recruiting season for the Pomeroys resulted in adding six new players to this year’s roster. Freshman newcomers Ciara McClain, Emma Riffe, and Breanna Lange join a new-look Pomeroy lineup with a variety of talent in multiple positions. The Pomeroys also add three new transfer players from their respective junior colleges. Brooke Jordan, Kirby Schuble, and Sarah Burnham will be making their first appearance in a Pomeroy uniform.
This year will mark the first season for head coach Mark Feller, who is making his collegiate coaching debut with the Pomeroys. Hired last July, he takes over for former head coach Gary Rodgers who spent seven seasons at SMWC. Prior to his arrival, the Lafayette, Ind. native had spent the last five seasons as the assistant varsity softball coach at West Lafayette High School and continues to be actively involved with the National Softball Association (NSA). “I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity” stated Feller.
There will also be another new member of the coaching staff to this year’s team. Assisting Feller will be former Pomeroy softball standout Kelsey Rosselli, who finished her softball career with SMWC last season. This year will also be the first for Rosselli in a coaching role for the Pomeroys.
Feller is very optimistic about the season and believes his players have done their part in preparation for what lies ahead. “This being my first go around into our spring season, I am not quite sure what lies in front of me, but I can tell you that the girls have done their due diligence in the fitness center, during practices, and most importantly in the classroom,” said Feller. “If coach Rosselli and I do our jobs, teach the girls the fundamentals and a good working knowledge of the game through very structured practices, wins and losses will take care of themselves! The very obvious goal is to get to and win nationals!”
The Pomeroys will begin the spring season on Saturday, March 8 in Vero Beach, Fla. They are scheduled to play nine games in five days at the Treasure Coast Spring Invitational before traveling to Elizabethtown, Ky. as they take part in the USCAA Pre-Season Tournament.