For the past three seasons, the Shawnee State Softball Team
has fallen short of expectations and hovered around the .500 mark.
Coach Ralph Cole believes he may have the pieces in place
to compete for the American Mideast Conference Championship and
make a return to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time
“We have a solid nucleus of players and a solid pitching
staff,” said Coach Cole. “I
really think this group can turn us around and get us back where
we want to be.”
won conference championships every year from 1992-1998.
The Bears then won the American Mideast Conference
Tournament in 1999 and 2001. “If
everybody buys in and sticks with the team concept, we’ll be
back at the top of this conference.”
First Base: Megan
Felts enters her senior season as the starting first baseman.
Over the course of two seasons she has a career-batting
average of .303 to go along with 12 homeruns, 16 doubles, and 44
runs batted in. She
earned All-American Mideast Conference Honors as a freshman in
Second Base: Freshman
Tammie Jo Coleman will log the majority of innings at second base.
She was an all-conference and all-district performer during
her career at
For the third straight season, Nikki Moore gets the
starting nod at shortstop. She
earned All-AMC honors as a freshman when she hit .305 with 8
doubles and 10 RBI. She
spent most of 2004 in a season-long slump, hitting just .245 with
2 doubles and 4 RBI. Coach
Cole will look for Nikki to provide a great deal of leadership
both on and off the field.
Third Base: Britney
moved to third base about halfway through the year last year and
adapted extremely well. In
her first season with the Bears, Britney was 3rd on the team in
hitting (.330), 2nd in runs scored (14), 1st in doubles (8), 3rd
in total bases (44), 1st in sacrifice hits (6), 2nd in hits (31),
and 2nd in RBI's (14).
Freshman Katie Wade was a catcher at
, but will move to the outfield for her first season with the
Bears. She holds
several school records including highest freshman batting average
(.634), most walks in a season (13), most hit by pitch in a season
(4), and most doubles in a season (8).
Center Field: Ashley
Adkins will hold down centerfield for the second consecutive year.
She started all 30 games for the Bears as a freshman.
She covers a lot of ground and has the ability to make some
tremendous plays in the field.
She looks to improve at the plate after hitting just .198
with 4 doubles and a homerun.
Sophomore Tia Walling will start the year in right field.
She played in 26 games as a freshman, primarily in left
field. She hit .208
with 3 doubles and 7 RBI. Junior
Tara Walker will join the team at the conclusion of the Shawnee
State Basketball season and will also see time in right field.
She played in 25 games as a sophomore.
She hit .281 with 7 doubles and 9 RBI.
Kristi Barka moves from second base to handle the bulk of the
catching duties. As a
junior, she hit .298 and drove in 11 runs.
Her 14 runs scored were second most on the squad.
Freshmen Katie Wade and Tabby Reveal will see time backing
up Barka. Reveal
earned All-OCC honors at
Rhonda Sacks will once again anchor the pitching staff.
Over the course of her career, she has started 58 games.
Despite a career earned run average of 1.74, she has
compiled a career record of 26 wins and 29 losses.
She was 8-10 with 2 saves in 2004.
She has recorded 141 strikeouts and allowed just 66 walks
in 369.2 innings. Rhonda
earned All-AMC honors as a sophomore. Freshman Ashley
Keen will pick up the bulk of the remaining innings for the Bears
this season. She was a
3-time All-Ohio honoree at
High School. She was the SOC
Player of the Year as a junior.
Tammie Jo Coleman could also see time on the pitching
rubber this season.
At the conclusion of the
basketball season, freshman Ali Hull is likely to get the largest
number of at bats in the designated hitter slot.
She was a three-time All-Ohio recipient in softball.
She will also backup Megan Felts at first base.
Emily Curtiss will backup all the outfield positions.
She earned All-MOAC honors at
her sophomore through senior years.
Shawntavia is a sophomore transfer from
. She was a four-year
letter winner at
. Shawntavia possesses
great speed and will regularly come off the bench as a pinch
opens the season on February 19 at
. The Bears host the
Shawnee State Invitational March 11 – 13.
SSU opens American Mideast Conference play at home on April
home games are held at Boone Coleman Field at