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2011 Preview: MCCC Softball


West Windsor, N.J. -- Last year, bad weather and high winds did not deter the MCCC softball team from defeating the County College of Morris twice on Morris's home field to advance to the Division II NJCAA World Series.

So, the cloudy, cool conditions predicted for the Vikings' home opener this Wednesday, Mar. 9, should not be an issue as they face Cecil (MD) in a doubleheader, starting at 3 p.m.

Next, the Vikings head south for the Snowbird Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC, where they will get their version of spring training -- nine games from Mar. 13-17. Their regular season resumes at home on March 24, when they will play a doubleheader against Sussex CC.

While the roster has lost a few key players, includling ace pitcher Jenna Berger, Head Coach Ryan Zegarski is hopeful that the combination of returning players and rookies can come together and bring home another regional title this season.

Zegarski expects major output from returning shortstop Kirsten Edinger (Ewing, NJ/Ewing), who had huge numbers for the Vikings in the NJCAA World Series, and All Region outfielder Alyssa Becker (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury). Another sophomore, pitcher Kelly Hancarik (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert), is expected to be solid on the mound.

Backing up Hancarik in the circle are rookies Kristen Schneider (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) and Brianna Bryne (East Windsor, NJ/Hightstown), a two-year starter for the women's soccer team. Zegarski is also expecting big contributions from freshman catcher Angela Marinos (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert), who, when not behind the plate, can fill in at any position for the Vikings.

Zegarksi will be assisted this season by Chris Freihaut.

For the season schedule, click here.

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