2014 Softball Season Preview

2014  Softball Season Preview

Still Here
The longest tenured coach in NEWMAC softball history Cougars' head coach Linda Wage is now in her 26th season and she has amassed more than 400 career wins and has guided the Scarlet and White to eight seasons with 20 wins or more.

The Captain
Tatiana Chunis (Sutton, Mass.) is coming off of possibly her best season as a Cougar. She led the team in several categories including batting average (.347), slugging percentage (.480), doubles (seven) and putouts (163). She also had 19 RBI and 26 hits giving her 80 for her career. Expect to see her primarily at first base after playing third last season but she could still see time at the hot corner.

The Wright Move
After starting in all 28 games as a freshman, Alyssa Wright (Manchester, N.H.) is back for a sophomore campaign and a new position. 27 of her starts a season ago came from behind the plate – the other came at shortstop where she will spend 2014. Even while carrying that load, she managed to hit .301 and collect a team-high 20 RBI.

Fresh Face
Freshman Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) will see time at several different spots on the diamond. She continues the lineage of two-sport stars playing field hockey and softball for Linda Wage. Mackey was a second-team all-conference selection in the fall after finishing with a team-best 15 goals and 32 points.

Second To None
Entrenched in her spot at second base, Maya Allen (Concord, Mass.) has started all 95 games since she arrived at Clark for the 2010 season. Closing in on 100 career hits (91), Allen has a career .943 fielding percentage and a .421 on-base percentage.

Bombs Away
Fully recovered from a lingering injury, Shawna Amatucci (Shrewsbury, Mass.) enters her senior season ranked eighth on the school's all-time homerun list (9) and has 71 career hits.

Back To Center
After appearing in just 18 games after suffering a season-ending injury, rising sophomore Corrie Derosier (Shrewsbury, Mass.) will be back in centerfield in 2014. In the games she did play in her freshman season, Derosier hit .357 and had six games with two hits or more, totaled 20 hits and scored 13 runs.

Surging Sophomore
Rachel Kraytenberg (Londonderry, N.H.) is coming off of a freshman season that saw her tie for the team lead in homeruns (2) and finish second in runs scored (16) while spending most of her season at designated play. Expect her to serve as the DP for most games in 2014, but will see some spot time at first and third.

In The Circle
Clark will feature a pair of hurlers in junior Hayley Buckheit (Camden Hills, Maine) and sophomore Melanie Dusseault (Auburn, N.H.). Buckheit went 5-5 a season ago, while Dusseault have a couple of strong performances in relief in 2013. Both bring versatility to the program with each capable of playing the outfield when not pitching.

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