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Women's Softball

March 11, 2015

Cyclones looking to freshmen in 2015

After a shortened 2014 season, the Cyclones are ready to get some games in and do so with a freshmen-heavy team.

The Cyclones lost several strong sophomores this year but have a few big guns back. Coming off the basketball season, second basewoman Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) is looking to be an intimidating force at the plate again. Last season she averaged .545 with an .841 slugging percentage in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, was Skyway Player of the Year and named to the All-Conference first team. All-Conference second team outfielder Dana Cummings (Richards) also returns with her cannon arm along with outfielder Kristie Bagus (Shepard), third basewoman/catcher Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park) and outfielder Samantha Newhall (Shepard).

Last season, Moraine Valley finished with a 22-17 overall record and 8-4 conference record that landed them in second place. They lasted into the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals. This year they’re looking for more success with help from a solid core of newcomers.

Hannah Theilmann (Andrew) is one of the best pitchers head Coach Mike Veen has seen. She also can play shortstop. Alyssa DeChene (Shepard) is an infielder and catcher with a big bat. Her raw talent is evident on both offense and defense, aided by her time playing baseball and some softball in high school. She should be a force to reckon with. Molly Pohrebny (Richards) should spend most of her time at third where she’s a vacuum around the bag. Other first-years include catcher/second basewoman Brittany Dimas (Curie), outfielder Kortnie Hanold (Shepard), infielder/outfielder Katlin Krzos (Argo), pitcher/second basewoman Mercedes Leon (Oak Lawn), utility player Kayla Manthei (Lincoln-Way North), pitcher/first basewoman Emily Powers (Mother McAuley), and outfielder/shortstop Nicole Roney (De La Salle). Hanold played soccer and Manthei played volleyball for the Cyclones this past fall.

“There’s a lot of burden on the youngsters, and they’ll have to step it up,” said Veen, who’s in his fifth year as head coach.

Most of the early games will include players moving around different positions since many have that flexibility. With some injuries and key players out for the season, Veen isn’t sure what to expect but is confident.

“Things have started out a little chaotic, but I have a feeling it’ll turn out well. We’ve been fortunate over the years,” he said. “I just want us to get in there, give these other teams a good game, not have any injuries, and play well together.”

Veen is joined again this year by assistant coach Natalie Wigginton. The Cyclones are scheduled to play their first game on March 20 at home.