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Mustangs seeking their fourth straight regional title; Team Preview
There can be no question what the ultimate goal is for C. Milton Wright softball in 2017. Following a 2016 campaign that ended one game shy of the Mustangs’ second straight state-finals appearance, the team’s returners want to get at least one game deeper in 2017.

“While we’ve lost four starters to graduation, the nine returning players know what it’s like to compete for a championship, and will settle for nothing less,” said 10th year head coach Russell Kovach. “Along the way our sight is focused squarely on the first task, a better UCBAC performance this season than last. In 2016 we lost five games in the UCBAC.”

Of course, the UCBAC Chesapeake Division, led by 1A state champion Perryville, proved to be the deepest and most talented softball league in the Metro area last spring.

“We look to get our footing back and compete for the title this season,” said Kovach. “We will then focus on competing for our fourth straight regional championship and beyond.”

Among the six returning starters is junior Katie Murphy, who will move from third-base to the team’s primary pitcher. In the circle she has big shoes to fill, replacing VSN Pitcher of Year Morghan Fulton, who will play at Stevenson University this spring.

Murphy led CMW in 2016 with a .384 average, 28 hits, 11 extra-base hit and 21 runs scored.

Junior shortstop Emily Kim is also back. Kim has excellent range as well as a strong, accurate arm. She was also among team leaders in runs scored, hits, batting average and RBI. She also makes contact, striking out just once in 76 at bats.

Another young start is sophomore first-baseman Lauren Meyers. As a freshman, she turned in the best single-season defensive performance in school history, making just one error in 238 chances. She batted cleanup in the batting order, compiling the second best batting average on the squad (.357), scoring 12 runs and producing a team-best 23 RBI.

C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS    

Head Coach:
Russell Kovach (10th year, 153-54)

Players to Watch:
Katie Murphy, Jr., P
Emily Kim, Jr., SS
Lauren Meyers, So., 1B

Last Updated (Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:07)

 
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