Softball: Erica Quinones team co-captain at Trinity
The Trinity College softball team, coached by Caitlin Hitchcock (14th season), are excited to begin the 2016 season with its annual trip to Central Florida for the Dot Robinson Spring Games.
The Bantams will play 10 games down South before beginning their Northern schedule with a doubleheader at Coast Guard on March 22.
Under the leadership of seniors Erica Correa (Glen Rock, N.J.) and Erica Quinones (Trumbull), Trinity expects to make a run at the postseason this spring.
"The players have a done a great job this spring getting ready," Hitchcock said. "The team chemistry has been outstanding, and everyone has been working hard and improving. I am very optimistic that we will see all the preparation translate into positive results on the field."
A fixture at the Trinity hot corner for three seasons, Correa is out with an injury as the season begins but Hitchcock has several infield combinations from which to choose this spring.
Senior Elizabeth McQuaid (Lowell, Mass.), sophomore Michelle Treglia (Fairfield), and Courtney Erickson are all versatile enough to handle any position on the diamond, while sophomore Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) gained valuable experience at first base as a rookie and is also capable at 3B.
Quinones is a two-year starter and can play either left or right field. She batted .324 in 2015 with team-highs of 13 runs, six doubles, and 18 RBI, and will likely begin her final collegiate season as the starter in left field.
McQuad was an All-NESCAC shortstop in 2014 when she batted .366 with 31 runs scored and seven stolen bases and batted .281 last year. She slides to 2B as a senior.
Treglia hit .270 as a rookie and should play 3B or SS in her second season, while Erickson could play on the left side of the infield or even 1B when she is not pitching.
In the circle, three young pitchers will share the load while competing innings in a highly-competitive situation that will continue during the spring-break trip.
Sophomore Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) showed potential in her rookie campaign, logging over 40 innings and pitching a two complete games of her nine starts, while classmate Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, British Columbia) and first-year Erickson (Everett, Mass.) have both enjoyed productive pre-seasons and are anxious to see what they can do.
First-year C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) is stalwart defensively behind the plate and will find herself in the middle of the Trinity lineup due to her offensive potential.
Juniors Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) and Olivia DeJoie (Lynn, Mass.) have contributed at the corner infield spots throughout their college careers, while sophomore transfer Mandi Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.) is an infielder who recently joined the team after the completion of her ice hockey season.
Sophomore Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is stellar defensively in center field and poised to increase her offensive production. Armstrong, Smith, and sophomore Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) who could also fill in at first base, will battle throughout the year for playing time in right field and as the designated player.