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Brockport softball concludes training trip on high note

by Kaleem Mogent- SPORTS EDITOR
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 07:00 pm
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

 The College at Brockport Golden Eagles started off the regular season like any other, travelling to Fort Myers Florida to participate in the Gene Cusic Classic.  The Classic was a span of 12 games that allowed this young team to gel and hone their skills.  

The team started off the season in sunny Florida falling to Dominican University and Salem State University.  

However they ended the Classic strong with back to back wins against Centenary University (New Jersey) and North Central College.

Alexis Ross is a freshman but has already left her mark on the season earning the SUNYAC Softball Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Player of the Week for her stellar play.  She humbly accepted the award.

"I am very honored to have received this award, however I am surprised too.  I play to help the team and never thought of myself to have received it," Ross said.

Ross despite being a freshman seems wise beyond her years because of how much she values her teammates.  "Your teammates are everything, they pick you up and you rely on them.  The game is better played when everyone is connected," Ross wrote in an email.

The team is currently 7—5 and in the last two games they have scored a combined 20 runs.  The Golden Eagles are ready to take off as long as they consistently keep up their winning habits.  

"Our team has been successful by training and practicing hard, consistent workouts, and our dedication to the team," Ross said.

The spring trip to Florida not only gave freshman Alexis Ross playtime to prove her mettle but the team as a whole.  Kathleen Laskey who is in her last year wearing the Green and Gold provided insight into what that meant to the team.  

"Our energy and determination was always high no matter the score of the game. No one wanted to give up and there was always someone there to pick up a player who needed it. There were a few cases where our high energy and motivation helped us come back and win."

This year the team has seven freshmen and two sophomores.  It is safe to say that this year they are a very young team compared to the 2016 season.  In some ways this can be a hinderance but senior Kathleen Laskey believes that they are ready to go.

"This team is a lot younger compared to last year's team but you wouldn't be able to tell due to how strong and experienced they play. It took time for everyone to learn how to play together and be comfortable, but I now feel as if our chemistry level on and off the field is right where we want to be," Laskey said.

The number one goal for the team this year is to make it to the SUNYAC tournament. If the Brockport team continues to play together and utilize their strengths there are few things out there that will stop it from happening this season.             


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