It's almost here!!!!!
The 2017 season starts tomorrow. Can you believe it?
#6 Michigan will play this weekend in the Wilson-Demarini Tournament down at USF.
We'll open the 2017 season against Delaware (30-21 in 2016) tomorrow at 11:30am and then face Illinois State (20-33 in 2016) at 2pm.
Saturday, #6 Michigan will meet the hated #4 Florida Gators at 12:30pm, and then take a break before playing the tournament host #25 USF at 5:30pm.
The weekend wraps up early Sunday morning against St. John's (29-20 in 2016) at 9am.
Hutch had her first weekly WTKA segment this morning and mentioned some interesting notes about the starting lineup.
- Alex Sobczak will be the starting Catcher. Biggest question mark on the team heading into the season. Hutch said "she's really grown up since last year". Sobczak lost her starting spot to Aidan Falk after a rough start and saw very little playing time the rest of the year, even in the truckload of blowout wins last season. Read into Hutch's quote if you're wondering why.
- Faith Canfield will be the starting 2B, following the legend Sierra Romero.
- The best hitter since practice officially began has been junior Taylor Swearingen. Pretty interesting given she hasn't seen much time yet.
- The top-4 in the batting order to start the season will be-
- Natalie Peters
- Abby Ramirez
- Kelly Christner
This reminds me of the lineup from 2011-2012 where we had two slappers--Bree Evans and Nicole Sappingfield--leading off.
- Hutch expects to see innings from sophomore Leah Crockett
- Freshman Haley Hoogenraad will see playing time in the outfield. She had a really good Fall.