Crusader Softball: Down But Not Out
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 17:02
While the blizzard last week may give us very little indication that spring is on the way, the calendar is closing in on the 2013 spring season for the Holy Cross Softball team. The season will start on March third in Florida where the Crusaders will square off vs South Dakota to start things off in 2013. Last year the softball team went 9-36, however they have been working hard all offseason and hope to get off to a hot start led by captains Samantha Fregenti and Alex Gustafson.
As the Crusaders hope to remain positive and prove to the Patriot League that they remain a formidable opponent, Sam Fregenti was kind enough to give me some insight into her thoughts on the 2013 season.
From the outset the softball team will face a great barrier in that they were slotted lower than they’d hoped in the college rankings, however they have not given up and will go out with something to prove in 2013. For some teams, having the odds against you can be a get detriment to success, but for the softball team it only adds to their determination to win. I asked Sam for her thoughts to which she responded that the team was predictably upset but they won’t let it bring them down.
“We've turned this into motivation during these past weeks of pre-season. We're entering game play with a chip on our shoulder and setting out to prove everyone
For those who don’t know, this is Samantha’s final year as a member of the Holy Cross Softball team; while her upbeat personality and leadership skills on the field will be missed, she will leave many reminders of her career at Holy Cross. When asked what she thought about her last season Sam was optimistic.
“I'm going into this season just really trying to enjoy every moment… . I'm hoping to have a fun and successful season, and I think we have a great group of girls to achieve this”
Sam led the team with four homeruns in 2012, and remains the all time home run leader with 19 career homeruns. Expect her to add quite a few more to that total as she further cements her place in Holy Cross history. Having records to hang your hat on is all well and good, but what Sam really wants this year is a Patriot league title to end her career on.
Thanks to Sam for the interview, and keep checking for more news on the women’s softball team. They may be down but don’t count them out. With some fresh new talent and a long winter to work on their game this team will hit the ground running in 2013.