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Softball Team Ready for Season and Beyond after Signing Day
February 08, 2013
Glen Ellis is in his first year as head coach of the St. Louis Community College softball team, but he’s wasted no time in setting up his program for the future as well.
The Archers held their team signing day Thursday, and Ellis signed 11 players in all, including two for the 2014 season.
The two players signed for next year – pitchers Rebecca Vogt and Addison Monroe – provide the Archers with considerable pitching depth in the near future.
“Having three pitchers will be a big plus, and having four pitchers – which we will have next year – is even a bigger plus,” Ellis said.
Vogt, who will graduate from Red Bud High School this spring, will be looking forward to the innings workload that will await her next year at the collegiate level. It’s a role she’s become well accustomed to at the high school level, where she serves as the team’s only pitcher.
For Monroe, a senior at Northwest (House Springs) high school, familiarity with the Archers coaching staff and proximity to home made STLCC her top choice.
“I wanted to stay local for my first year of college, and I played for (assistant coach) Ken (Williams) on a summer team a few years back, so I know him and I’m comfortable,” Monroe said.
While pitching will be the focus next year, it’s the offense that will likely carry the Archers for much of this season.
Among the additions to this year’s team is sophomore Katie McCalister, who transferred from Southeast Missouri State University in the offseason. McCalister, a graduate of Affton High School, looks forward to an enhanced role with the Archers after seeing limited time at SEMO.
“I wasn’t getting much playing time at SEMO, and I just wanted to have my opportunity, if I wasn’t going to have my future there, to have it somewhere else,” McCalister said. “I knew Glen (Ellis), I knew some of the girls, and I knew I would have fun and enjoy it again (at STLCC).”
McCalister adds a quality bat to a lineup that already returned sophomore infielder Tory Ellis, who established an STLCC record a year ago with 12 home runs as a freshman.
The signing day additions for both this year and next have Glen Ellis confident his team will be ready to compete right away.
“I think our pitching is going to be as good as it was last year, and our bats to be better, so I anticipate our record to be as good or better than it was last year,” Ellis said. “I think we’ll be competing for our region, and I expect to win that and our girls expect to win that. We should be in every game.”