The Hiram College spring sport season edged one step closer to officially beginning as the Terrier softball team was selected to finish fourth and the baseball team ninth in the North Coast Athletic Conference preseason polls that were released earlier today (Monday, Feb. 25).
The Hiram softball team received 45 points to rank fourth of eight teams. Allegheny (Pa.) College was picked as the preseason favorite with 59 points and four first-place votes. Wittenberg University was second with 54 points and two first-place votes while defending NCAC Tournament Champion Denison University was predicted to finish third tallying 49 points and two first-place votes.
The Terriers return all but one starter from last year’s team that posted a school single-season record 22 games and finished 22-14 overall. It marked the first winning season since 1989 when Hiram recorded a 14-8 record. Hiram also made its first-ever appearance in the NCAC Tournament.
In 2008, Hiram will led by a trio of seniors including two-time All-NCAC catcher Mindy Miller (Navarre/Waynedale), pitcher/first baseman Jamie Brown (Louisville) and outfielder Rachel Unsinger (Dorset/Jefferson Area). The Terriers will have a strong supporting cast led by juniors and All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater), All-NCAC outfielder Megan Samuel (Olmsted Falls) and All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield). Other returning starters include junior second baseman Rosie Frank (Strongsville/Parma Hts.Holy Name) and sophomore outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale),
The Softball team officially begins the 2008 season on Sunday, Mar. 9 against Anderson (Ind.) University at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
The Hiram baseball team tallied 24 points to finish ninth of 10 teams in this season’s preason poll. The College of Wooster was predicted to win the conference with 99 points and nine first-place votes. Defending NCAC Tournament Champ Ohio Wesleyan University was second with 90 points and one first-place vote while Denison rounded out the top three with 68 points.
The Terriers will look for a season of improvement this spring as last year’s squad finished 6-29 overall and 1-14 in the NCAC.
Hiram lost only one senior to graduation last season and will be led by senior All-NCAC infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Centennial), senior pitcher Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) and junior Joe Trela (Lakewood). Also returning is junior All-NCAC outfielder Craig Dobs (Warren/Howland), senior first baseman Kris Immel (Wooster) and junior outfielder Mark Reifsnyder (Tallmadge).
Hiram will not be without its share of youth this season as 16 of the 25-man roster are freshmen or sophomores.
The Terrier baseball team will officially begin their season on Sunday, Mar. 9 against Ursinius (Pa.) College in Fort Pierce, Fla. at 12:30 p.m.
2007 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Polls
|Place||School (First-Place Vote)||Points|
|Place||School (First-Place Votes)||Points|
|2.||Ohio Wesleyan (1)||90|