The Joliet Junior College softball team looks to compete well in the N4C conference and Region IV tournament this season. The team is looking forward to warmer weather and getting it done on the field this year.
Sophomore Stephanie Stanton will lead the Lady Wolves this year. The Joliet West catcher had an impressive freshman season with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, and a .368 batting average. Her experience behind the plate will help her run the field this season.
Transfers Heidi Dockstader (Yorkville) and Brittany Fowler (Rich Central) will help immensely. Dockstader, with a .304 batting average last season, will be a mainstay in the infield. Fowler, who had a .300 batting average during her freshman year, will patrol the outfield. Kimberlee Benegas returns to the Lady Wolves after a year off and will play middle infield.
"All of the sophomores bring something great to the field," Head Coach Emily Marino said. "Their experience will be relied on heavily this season."
Brianna Atteo (Plainfield East) and Christina Budd (Minooka) will take control of the mound this year. Both pitchers throw well and have a great combination of pitches.
Emma Traina (Lincoln-Way North), Bianca Jimenez (Joliet West), and Paige Koranda (Romeoville) will play in the infield this season. All of the infielders gained needed experience at the high school level and should be ready to carry it over to the college game.
Paloma Singletary (Joliet Central) and Carsia Banks (Lockport Township) will round out the outfield corp. Both outfielders will be looked upon play good defense and take care of the ball.
"I think that we have some very talented athletes," Coach Marino stated." I look forward to seeing this group work together on the field this season."