Women’s softball team ready for action
By Shauna Browne
College of Marin competed in a double header against College of the Redwoods on Friday, losing 5-0 in the first game and 11-5 in the night game. Although they were both tough losses, this COM team is still evolving into professional softball players.
After being of the verge of cancelling the softball season, the seven girls went around the school, recruiting people to join the team. The new softball coach, Melanie Gregor even made flyers to post all over the campus. They succeeded and now have 13 girls willing and able to play.
This is only the third year that COM has had a softball team since the 1990s. Even with the struggle of both losses on Friday, the girls are happy to have a solid team. Rian Hoover is from Novato High, Rebecca Pearlstein is from Redwood, and Marissa Mellor is from San Rafael. They also have a first time player named Sandra Boyd. Not to mention Samantha Schilling, a knowledgeable pitcher from Terra Linda High, who threw a total of 205 pitches. Of those 205, 18 were first-strike pitches and nine were strikeouts.
Marissa Mellor helped the team with a home run and 3 RBIs. Elena Trujilo contributed with an RBI as well. There were two runs scored each in the 3rd and in the 5th, and Marissa Mellor homered in the bottom of the 7th. The girls have a 2-6 record in non-conference games this season, but they hope to get better as the year goes on.
Melanie Gregor has high hopes for her team as well.
“The fact that Samantha Schilling came in as an experienced pitcher is HUGE for us,” said Melanie. “She has got a world of potential.” All the players help take leadership roles during practice to get every player up to speed for the games.
“If anyone can turn a team around, Sammy can do it. She did it at TL,” said Brad Lucci, who was her coach from Terra Linda. “No one thought Terra Linda would ever make it to NCS, let alone the final game,” said Schilling.
“We made it that far and we showed everybody what we could do. That’s what COM could also be. A lot of people think it’s just COM, but we could surprise people.” This team has a lot of potential and they can only go up from here. You can watch these girls compete against the City College of San Francisco on Saturday, February 16th, right here at COM.