The UC Clermont Softball team started the season off with a bang, winning their first game against Penn State Greater Allegheny by a score of 12-4. Although they fell in the second game, they were able to walk away from the four-game series with a record of 3-1. This is a great leg up on the competition regarding qualification for Nationals.
Following the four-game series, another four games have been played by the Lady Cougars, two of which were a double header against Clark State. The first game was a close one, resulting in the Lady Cougars holding on to the win 4-3. Unfortunately, they fell in the second game of the double header. The team has an overall record of 4 – 4 and is only a quarter of the way through its season; this leaves plenty of time to shift the win/loss ratio in their favor.
Recently, Head Coach Dan Kinney spoke to The Lantern and gave us some insight on where the team is at now, versus where they want to go. “We started out in the beginning with a lot of talent, but with family and work-related issues, the roster went down to twelve players. We still have talent in each position; it’s just not as deep as it previously was.” Kinney has been with the UCC Softball program since the start in 2005, and later took over in 2007. He stated that his goal this year (like every other year) hasn’t changed: “We want to get back to the national tournament up in Akron. Based on the way we’re playing, we’ll have a winning season for sure. I’m just a couple of players short of getting back to nationals, so my hopes are high.”
The Cougar’s home field is at Tealtown Ballpark. Come out and support them as they continue to improve and represent Clermont proudly!