UPDATED 5/5/12 - Congratulations to the SWCC softball team for their victory vs DMACC today!!! The Spartans play tomorrow (Sunday) in the Regional Championship at 3 p.m. at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. GO SPARTANS!!!!
With only two returning sophomores, the 2011-12 Spartan softball team made some waves. The team hit a number of milestones including setting a new school record for number of wins in a season, at 40. Also, three players bested the school’s previous single season hit record. Freshman Leah Kipfer crushed the old record of 60 hits, with 85 hits this season. Out of those hits, Kipfer had 10 home runs and 18 doubles. Sophomore Londen Miller and freshman Danyielle Barger edged out the previous record as well, with 62 hits each.
The Spartans finished their regular season 40-19 overall and 16-12 in the conference. Some of the highlights on the season included starting their spring break trip to Florida with a record of 7-4. Their last two games in Florida started their longest winning streak of eight games. The Spartans traveled to a tournament in Columbus, NE, where they swept their competition six games to none. Four of those tournament games were against three Division I NJCAA teams. More recently, the Spartans beat the #9 nationally ranked Kirkwood Eagles at home, putting a strong exclamation point on the end of an already stellar season.
SWCC Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff said, “We started off the season well heading down to Florida and we continued to play well until mid-season. With all of the distractions of being displaced (by the April 14 tornado that hit SWCC’s campus) and helping with cleanup during the middle of April, it took us a while to get back into the swing of things.”
The Spartans struggled to maintain their focus and energy during this period, dropping three of their first four games after the storm, but fortunately the slump was temporary.
“The girls were just mentally and physically drained from that whole ordeal,” Stumpff explained. “Once things started getting back to normal on campus, the girls began to regain confidence in themselves and started playing up to their potential.”
The Spartans take to the road this weekend to start their post season play. Their first game in the double elimination regional tournament in Fort Dodge will be against Marshalltown on Thursday, May 3, at 3 p.m.