Ending last season as the NCAA East Regional runner-up for the second year in a row with a record of 42-5, this year’s women’s softball team will try to do it all over again. This season, the softball team will be going into the PAC Championships as the regular season PAC Champions with a record of 31-6.
May 1 opened the first round of the PAC playoffs. Currently, Cabrini is the number one seeded team in the PAC. They will play the winner of the number four and five seeded teams on May 4 and 5 in a double elimination playoff game. In total the team will have to win three games to capture the title as the PAC Champions. Because they are the regular season PAC champions, they will be hosting the PAC Championship game here.
” My goal for this weekend is to capture PAC’s and defend our title as the champions,” Karen Pelky, head women’s softball coach, said. ” If we win PAC’s then we will go to Regionals again, which would give us an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.”
Pelky commented on how well the team has been playing together up until this point in their season. As there are eight returning players and eight new players, the team has been learning from each other the whole season. ” When one teammate gets down, they pick each other up. Everyday there is a new hero on the field,” Pelky said.
” They share the passion I have for softball. They give me everything I have and I know they can accomplish a lot,” Pelky said.
Going into the playoffs, Cabrini’s strongest asset is their pitching. Senior pitcher Jacki Armes has been out for a month with a stress fracture in her back, but freshman pitcher Ange Templin has done her job and stepped up to fill the position. Templin has also been sharing the pitching mound with senior All-American pitcher Megan Johnston.