SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team is gearing up for the 2017 season and looking to see if they can keep their momentum going into 2017. The historically strong program has gone 62-17 over the last two seasons and won back-to-back USCAA National Championships.
The program that has 10 national titles isn't idle either, as SMWC's schedule will challenge the team and look to see if they can push the win total under head coach Mark Feller even higher. Coach Feller is 88-33 in three seasons at The Woods and if the last three seasons are any indicator, he again has his team primed for a run in 2017.
This season's roster is full of experience and newcomers who will need to see how they fit into a team that has had tremendous success in recent years. The senior class is full of talent with USCAA All-Americans Emma Riffe and Marlee Yeager heading it up and Breanna Lange and Camille Ulery providing the strong support needed from senior leaders.
The Pomeroys will also return USCAA Second Team All-American junior Kerri Schrock and sophomore Kindra Gingerich, who earned USCAA National Championship All-Tournament honors last season as a freshman. It's almost unfair to name names with this roster, as its full of proven contributors, but one area of interest this year will be the success of three junior college transfers from Olney Central - junior Christian Chambers and sophomores Hollie Jones and Baylee Waters.
Chambers comes to SMWC after a 2016 season that saw her take home Region XXIV All-Tournament honors. She recorded 120 strikeouts for a 2.16 ERA in 2016 at Olney Central and will join sophomore Taylor Andrew and junior Stephanie Richardson in SMWC's pitching arsenal. Jones joins the Pomeroys after being in the top 25 in hits (1st), stolen bases (8th), runs scored (17th) and batting average (20th) in the NJCAA.
The 2016 schedule will provide a healthy mix of NAIA, NCAA DIII and USCAA opponents. SMWC will face two teams that are ranked in the top 25 preseason poll of the NAIA in Marian and Reinhardt, as well as USCAA powers Carlow and Berea.
The first pitches of 2016 will be thrown in Florida from March 5-10 and then SMWC will hit the road for the rest of March before playing every game in April at home. The Pomeroys are 18-2 in their Florida spring break games over the past two seasons, so the first week of the season may tell fans all they need to know about this year's team.
This season's home action will be broadcast on the Pomeroys LIVE Portal to provide fans with live video and stats for homes games with SMWCPOMEROYS.com serving as home for all news and information on the 2017 Pomeroy Softball season.