It's a new season for the Rock Valley College Softball Team and after finishing sixth in the NJCAA Tournament last year, they've got their sights set on a national title.
“This year's team is hungry to get back there, is hungry to prove that sixth place is a disappointment for us. Our sights are on winning the national championship and going from there. Rock Valley has never won a softball national championship,” says Head Coach Darin Monroe.
One big difference in this year's team will be seen on the base paths.
“We added a little speed element to our game. My philosophy as a coach is to be aggressive on the base paths, score a bunch of runs,” says Monroe.
“Our strength I would say is our offense. We bond very well as a team so it just works out,” says Danielle Walker, infielder.
Speed and offense will be important considering RVC is missing Vivi Marquez from their roster this season due to a shoulder injury. The sophomore catcher was named to the NJCAA All-American Team and finished third in the country in RBI's last season.
“It hurts me not to be able to play. But as time goes by, I just look at it a different way and I'm on the other side of things this year. I do as much as I can to help out, warm up somebody,” says Vivi Marquez.
Injured or not, team chemistry is one factor that will drive the Golden Eagles to the post-season.
“Having each other's backs whether one goes up to bat and strikes out, the next person will get a hit for them,” says Katie Meyer, outfielder.
“If we stay together as a team and pick each other up then we should have a good season,” says Walker.
The Golden Eagles’ record is 24-7 overall and 5-1 in their conference.
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