Softball team ready for new season, spring trip to Florida

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College softball team, with a new coaching staff, opens the season Saturday in Florida hoping to build off a positive preseason.

The Mules take on Wellesley College at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in Clermont, Fla. Colby meets University of Minnesota at Morris in Saturday's second game at 2 p.m. Colby will play 10 games over spring break.
New head coach Terren Allen will be working with assistants Dorothy O'Donnell, Terry Hall, and pitching coach Andy Lapple. 
"We are extremely happy with the progress our players have made and are excited to see the transition from practice to game play," said Allen, who won two North Atlantic Conference titles at Husson University. "Our players are working hard and buying into change, creating a new culture, and bringing that excitement on the field each day."
Senior tri-captains Paige Hartnett (Andover, Mass.), Wiley Holton (Dedham,  Mass.), and Holly Lallis (pictured, Gladstone, N.J.) will lead the team. 
"Our leadership on the field continues to grow and progress in a positive 
direction from our upperclassmen and our first-year athletes have embraced new challenges in the major roles they will contribute to the team," Allen said.  "Overall, we are looking forward to being a competitive team for the 2019 season."
Hartnett has played just about every position in the infield in her first three years. She was second in batting average (.287), first in runs scored (11), second in doubles (4), and second in RBI (11).
Holton had 14 starts on the mound last year and led the Mules in innings pitched (79.1). She pitched 93 innings as a sophomore and finished with eight victories. Lallis threw about 15 innings last season and she and Holton could see time in the outfield.
Junior Lucie Cunningham (Danville, Ky.) also returns at pitcher and can play in the outfield. Cunningham threw 20 innings last year and will likely be counted on for more work this season.
Sophomore infielder Hailey Rohall (Weston, Mass.) led the Mules in batting average (.304) and on-base percentage (.360). Fellow sophomore Lolo Niemiec (Shingle Springs, Calif.) had a .963 fielding percentage at catcher. She could also see time at third base with more catching depth on the roster.
First-years Maeve Devlin (Carlisle, Mass.) and Paige Bober (Whitinsville, Mass.) can both play catcher. Devlin also will see time at first base. Laura Powell (Scarborough, Maine) will play shortstop in her first year and Ashley Ketchum (Tucson, Ariz.) is a second baseman.
Senior Emily Dougherty (Dover, Mass.) is a utility player and junior Carly Swartz (North Reading, Mass.) returns in the outfield after making no errors in 35 chances a year ago. Swartz hit .317 during her first season with the Mules.
Sophomore Kate Guerin (Bowdoinham, Maine) also returns for the Mules, but will miss the season due to injury.