Softball Ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Pre-season Poll
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Pre-Season Softball Polls were released earlier this week. The Herkimer College softball team is ranked #1, fresh off their 2013 NJCAA national championship.
The Generals are returning 13 players, including six starters, from last season, when they finished with an overall record of 43-2. They include 2013 first-team All-American Sammy Smaldone (Delmar, NY), All-American Delaney Buckley (Utica, NY) and All-American Toni Secreti (Baldwinsville, NY), who was named National Pitcher of the Year as a freshman. Also returning, and expected to have big seasons for Herkimer, are captain Alyssa Balfe (Oriskany, NY), National Player of the Year Tina Karaqi (Thornwood, NY), All-Conference selection Ashley Sterritt (Accord, NY), All-World Series Team member Rebekah Kitchen (Delmar, NY) and Kathryn Dolly (Herkimer, NY), who looks to take over the first-base duties.
The Generals will begin their 2014 season in mid-March when they head to Myrtle Beach, SC for their annual spring trip, before returning home to begin their regional and conference play. The Generals are led by head coach P.J. Anadio, assistant head coach Dan Stalteri and assistants Steve Speno, Stephen Sydoriw and Emily Woudenberg.
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager