By Maddie Toles
The softball Stars won both games of a doubleheader against Glen Oaks, in dominant fashion, on April 2, improving the team's overall record to 10-12. LCC's conference record improved to 4-0.
The first contest, a win of 13-1, and the second, 17-2, each lasted five innings.
LCC Head Coach Marc Kibby said the women are shining through offensively.
"Our bats are starting to come together," Kibby noticed about the first week of conference play. "We don't have to depend on one person hitting. The offense is definitely picking up, and it's making it easier for our pitchers to pitch."
This is a highlight for the team, as Kibby noted that offense was something he had wanted to focus on.
"Hitting was part of what we were trying to improve on," Kibby said. "The main thing is to continue to improve every game, whether that's hitting or defense. (We want) to improve every aspect we can, so we're ready for any post-season game we might get into."
Freshman and left fielder Mattie Leece shone through in the second game, recording three runs and two hits. Leece tied with sophomore Hannah Hall for a game high of four RBIs. Hall recorded her own highlights with two hits and two runs.
Kibby nodded to both Leece and Hall for improving since the spring trip, stating they have been able to put the game together well.
Despite it still being early in the season, Kibby said the women are preparing themselves for the post-season, and hopefully, national tournaments. In order to prepare for this, Kibby stressed that softball is more mental than physical, and he has a certain mentality that he demonstrates for the team.
"My goal is to get you guys to play a perfect game," Kibby shared. "I'm never a happy coach. Once we get to play that perfect game, then guess what? Next day we do another perfect game. That's my goal as a coach."
The women were scheduled to face off against Ancilla College on Saturday, April 6 in a doubleheader at LCC's home, Ranney Park.