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STLCC softball prepares for key week ahead

April 08, 2013

Katie McAllister  
Katie McAllister led the Archers in hitting with a
.344 average heading into this week's action.

St. Louis Community College's softball team may have struggled over the past two weeks, but the true test of the team's schedule may be yet to come.

STLCC is within a stretch of 10 games in five days, a week of games that could give the Archers, who carry a record of 3-16 into this week's action, an opportunity to gain traction as the season moves beyond the midway point.

Archers coach Glen Ellis looks for his offense to heat up, as some of his younger players begin to adjust to pitching at the collegiate level.

"I never used the word 'freshman' before, but it's coming to me that these freshmen are taking some time to adjust to pitching at this level," Ellis said. If Tori (Ellis) and Katie McCallister aren't hitting, it's been hard to get anything going."

McCallister currently leads the Archers with a .344 batting average, and Ellis is third on the team with a .296 mark, just behind freshman Taylor Green's .300 average. Ellis has also connected on three of the team's four home runs this year.

Katie Harper  
Katie Harper is one of two freshman hurlers for the
Archers.

The Archers also look to their pitching staff to provide a stabilizing influence in the coming weeks. Despite leaning heavily on just two pitchers -- freshmen Katie Harper and Nicole Willie -- Ellis remains unconcerned about the workload for either one.

"I don't have concerns with my pitching (for the next week)," Ellis said. "Nicole is built for pitching, and Katie's the same way. Pitching-wise, we've had some lapses, but they'll be able to keep us in games."

Willie in particular has carried the load for the Archers in the circle. The freshman hurler has completed seven games, and has logged 48 of the team's 70 innings.

Ellis and company will be in familiar territory for much of the upcoming week, as they host doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday against Three Rivers Community College and Lincoln Land Community College, respectively. The Archers are in search of their first home win this season.