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Brockport softball battles for playoff berth

by Kaleem Mogent-Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 06:00 pm
Photos courtesy of the Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
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With only three more double headers on the horizon for The College at Brockport softball team there is no room for error if they want a shot at a championship in the SUNYAC playoffs. In order to achieve this goal they must be victorious against teams in our conference like St. John Fisher, the powerhouse that is SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Oswego, the team the Golden Eagles compete against in their "hometown heros" game. According to gobrockport.com, the softball team has a 5-9 record in conference games and on neutral ground this team is 9-7.      

"As playoffs come up, I think we need to just play like ourselves and how we know how to play," freshman Jessica Koneski wrote in an email. "One thing we could do, is not to let teams get into our heads. We need to intimidate the other team, not have the other team intimidate us." 

Koneski is new to Brockport this year but seems used to producing on the mound. In just 22 games played she has 33 hits and four home runs which is a stupendous statline for someone so new to college softball. No doubt she has already gained tons of knowledge from Head Coach John Dumaw and her veteran teammates.

Koneski also wrote about what she thinks her team is capable of when they are hitting on all cylinders.

"We are a strong offensive team and when we are able to hit, we produce wins," Koneski wrote in an email. "As long as we keep hitting through the line up, and making the plays we need to play defensively, we could have a good chance in securing a playoff spot."

Last year our Green and Gold finished the 2016 season a .500 team and they ended up missing out on the SUNYAC tournament. The team and its fans certainly do not want a repeat of last season but rather an improvement. This season they are 15-15 with eight more games to punch their ticket to the tournament. With the talent the team has this year with hitters like junior Lindsay Wachna and sophomore Morgan Flamholtz, not to mention junior pitcher Amanda Colon the playoffs are within reach. 

"One strategy our team is focusing on is playing together and not to get mental. Softball is a very mental sport and can affect how you play," Koneski wrote. "When one person gets down, it effects the whole team. So during games we focus on picking each other up and being positive every second of the game. Playing together will make sure everyone stays up, positive and on their toes."

During this time of year mental mistakes are crucial and they can ultimately decide who wins ball games. A .500 winning percentage tells us that this team is on the verge of greatness but one too many losses can be fatal for a postseason journey. The Golden Eagles need every win they can muster, especially with Cortland being the second to last game this season. 

In 2015, the Red Dragons knocked our Golden Eagles out of the tournament and they will certainly try it again this year. 

"The team I have circled would most definitely be Cortland," Koneski wrote. "They are a strong team and one of the best in the conference. If we are able to defeat them, then we should be able to defeat any team in the conference. Every single player on the field that game should be playing at 110 percent."

Until then this team must focus on beating St. John Fisher and we should have faith that they will come out on top.   

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