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January 29, 2016

Softball starts season today in Galveston


Hoping to build on their success in the previous season, the Alvin Community College Softball team will aim to go far in NJCAA Region 14 this season.

This season will mark the third for Softball head coach Rudi Cantu. The team posted a 17-18 record in 2015 and with eight returning sophomores, Cantu feels the team has a chance to go far in 2016.

“I feel like this year is going to be a better season regarding our maturity,” Cantu said. “A spot in the conference tournament is very likely because we have more experience on the field. This year they should do accomplish bigger things.”

Camilla Carerra is will join the coaching staff this season. She is a former player for the University of Texas-El Paso and has the single-season home run record for the university.

“Having her on board this fall has already transformed my players’ hitting,” Cantu said. “She will be an important asset for us.”

Among the strengths on the 2016 squad is on the mound, Cantu said.

“We have already had good pitching. Rachel Ray is an all-conference pitcher and she’s returning. She’s going to be a huge asset to have.

While the team has several returning players, Cantu said it is important to utilize that on the field.

“The real challenge will be putting that experience into place and learning how best to use it,” Cantu said.

ACC Athletics director Bill Lewis said the softball team has the tools it needs to do well this season.

“Coach Cantu has stressed a new strength and conditioning program and she’s hoping to see that positively impact their success on the field,” Lewis said. “Last year was one of the closest races I can remember and we fell just a game short of making the postseason tournament. If we can stay healthy I think we’ve got a great chance this season.”

The Softball team will open their season on January 29 against Seminole State at 9 a.m. in the Galveston Tournament. They will play their first home game on February 8 at 1 p.m. against Neosho County Community College.

For more information about the teams, the Athletics program at ACC or for a schedule visit www.alvincollege.edu/athletics.

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