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Softball Archers Right Ship and Win Five to Close Out Weekend

March 12, 2012

Dani Whitehead  
Dani Whitehead has fashioned a 5-3 record
for the Archers in the first week of the season.

It didn’t take long for the St. Louis Community College softball team to snap out of a first-week slide.

The Archers, who won just one of their first four games to open the year, rebounded by reeling off five victories in as many days. STLCC swept doubleheaders from Lewis and Clark Community College and South Suburban College Wednesday and Friday, respectively, before falling to Blackhawk College-Moline 5-4 on Saturday.

The turnaround is due in large part to the team’s offensive resurgence in the past week. After being held to fewer than five runs in those first four games, the Archers have averaged nearly eight runs per game in their past seven contests.

“Offensively, that’s what’s really been helping us,” head coach Wayne Bryan said. “We’re hitting the ball tremendously right now. It’s nice to see, and it’s the entire lineup, it’s not just one or two girls. That’s good to see.”

That recent offensive production has made the jobs of sophomore pitchers Dani Whitehead (Incarnate Word Academy) and Samantha Deen (Affton) much more manageable.

Whitehead has handled he lion’s share of the innings on the mound through the first week, appearing in 10 games, covering 49 innings. Whitehead is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA.

Samantha Deen  
Samantha Deen has an earned-run average of
0.58 in 12 innings this season.

Deen, who had missed games leading up to the weekend with an injury, has performed well in spot duty. Deen is 1-0 with a 0.58 ERA in 12 innings over seven appearances.

The Archers feature a youthful roster, with 10 freshmen. However, Bryan is confident many of them will be ready to contribute right away.

“Part of my job is to make them as comfortable as possible,” Bryan said. “They just come in and start playing softball. I don’t differentiate between freshmen and sophomores. I play the best nine.

“That reassures those freshmen that they’re going to have every opportunity and every chance to start, just like a sophomore,” Bryan added. “When you give them that option, they’re going to play hard because they want to start.”

The Archers return to action today with a doubleheader against Johnson County Community College.