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NJCAA Selects Angela Marinos as One of Top Returning
Windsor, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College sophomore
Angela Marinos has been selected as one of the nation's top
returning players in Division II softball by the National
Junior College Athletic Association. Marinos, of Hamilton,
is a 2010 graduate of Steinert High School, where she was
a standout player.
During her first season at Mercer, Marinos earned a .444 hitting
average, with five home runs, 40 RBIs, and seven stolen bases.
She was selected as the no. 2 player in Region 19 at the end
of the 2011 season and was named to the All-Region First Team
and to the All-GSAC First Team.
According to Head Coach Ryan Zegarski, Marinos, who played
catcher and third base last year, will play catcher and short
stop this season; in doubleheaders, she is likely to alternate
positions. "Playing catcher is mentally and physically
taxing," Zegarski said. "Short stop is another challenging
position where you have to be athletic and smart, but you
don't take quite as much of a beating."
notes the Vikings will also look to Marinos for her tremendous
hitting. "We will be counting on her. She will be in
the middle of the order," he says. Three other sophomores
-- Mary Rossi at short stop and second base, Brittany Szafran
in centerfield, and Jamie Scannella as catcher and at third
base -- will also be key. He reports that freshman pitchers
Cynthia Page and Stephanie Canulli are working hard and improving
their skills every day. "We will be counting on them
to throw strikes," Zegarski says.
Marinos is one of the NJCAA's top picks among returning players.
the roster are newcomers Chelsea Arnold (Ewing, NJ/Ewing)
in the outfield; Drew Craig (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) at second and
third base; Bianca DeAngelis (Hamilton, NJ/Notre Dame) in
the outfield and at catcher; Gabrielle Glenn (Lawrenceville,
NJ/Lawrence) in the infield; and Emily Price (Hopewell, NJ/Hopewell)
at first base and in the outfield.
to begin his eighth season, Zegarksi notes that the biggest
challenge this year will be the Vikings' small roster. With
11 players, there will be no room for extended injuries. He
notes that last year's recruiting process was especially tough
because the number of players graduating from area high schools
was unusually small. "Most of the players we looked at
were sophomores and juniors. That affects our recruiting in
a big way." He adds that six current high school seniors
have already committed to playing for Mercer next season.
away games in Maryland on March 3, 4, and 9, the Vikings will
open their Region 19 season in a doubleheader at home against
Camden County College on March 15, starting at 2:30 p.m.
will be assisted by assisted by Danielle Brossoie and John
full softball roster is available here.
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