Captains Baseball and Softball prepare for the season following a disappointing end to last year
Coming off two incredible seasons, the Captains stick and ball sports are looking to have another strong year.
Both teams ended the season with a high ranking nationally with both teams topping the rankings at points throughout the season.
The baseball team ended the season on a slightly sour note as they crashed out of the playoffs in the first round.
This result meant the final ranking for the Captains Baseball team fell 14 places from #1 in the country to #15.
The Captains lost several key contributors on the baseball team including Senior #10 Nick Dinapoli who owon the State Player of the Year award for his incredible 2019 season.
On a more positive outlook for the side #7 Trey Hicks was awarded a DIII Preseason All American Honorable Mention.
The softball team had slightly better fortunes when it came to the end of their season last year.
They made it to the Super Regional, but could not overcome Randolph-Macon.
After winning the first match 8-3 the Captains suffered two back to back 4-3 losses to end their season.
Unlike the baseball team, softball did not fall in the rankings and kept their season spot of #9 in the country to end their 2019 season.
#22 Patty Maye Ohanian recieved her second All American Honors for her incredible season at the plate in 2019.
Ohanian finished her sophomore season with an incredible .455 batting average, 14 homeruns and 53 runs batted in.
#27 Kaitlyn Hasty also recieved All American Honors and recieved National Rookie of the Year accolades in her freshman season.
On top of the national accolades Hasty also recieved the Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the CAC for a stellar freshman season where she hit 19 homeruns.
Looking forward to the season ahead in 2020, both teams will look to build upon some of the highs from 2019.
Baseball will have hard time replacing their graduating class from the previous season as they had at times eight seniors in their starting nine.
As for the Captains Softball team, they will have to replace the dugout leadership of Senior #1 Nicole Killen.
As the only senior on the roster, Killen was a strong leadership presence for a mostly underclassmen filled team.
While Killen didn’t get much playing time last season her presence and leadership had an impact on team morale as she could always be heard leading chants from the dugout.
The young softball team will have a lot of potential to capitalize on this season as with only one senior they were able to reach the top of the national rankings for several weeks in the 2019 spring season.
Baseball will start their season on the road at Ferrum College on Feb. 8, while softball starts their season with a double header against Richard Bland College on Feb. 18.
Both teams will head into the season hoping to replicate the success both teams found in the CAC last season and build upon some disappointing results towards the end of 2019.
~Michael Innacelli, Sports Editor & Managing CNUTV Editor~