Detroit Mercy softball season ushers in new era

As we jump into a new season of softball the Titans are looking to jump into an exciting year. They enter this season with nine returnees, four transfers and a new head coach.  

Led by Coach Dan Vitale, a strong leader with enormous passion for the game, this team began its season on Feb. 23 against Eastern Illinois. 

“We push each other to be the best we can… hopefully all the work that we are putting in shows when we are out playing,” junior Amanda Schick said. “But I love my team and am really looking forward to this year.” 

Her teammate Jenna Holt shared similar thoughts about the season.  

“This team works hard and is always pushing each other to get better” Holt said. “I’m really excited to get out there this year with my team.” 

The team believes its home schedule can help them hit the end of the season on a high note. 

“It’s a great opportunity to build up great momentum, Schick said. “It’s what I look forward to most this season… we can really string together a great streak to end the season. 

Elsewhere on the roster, Alison Donaugh returns. She held the team’s highest batting average last year. Olivia Warrington who appeared in most games as pitcher, is also back 

Freshmen Claire Borg, Alexis Hoff, Jada Davis and Alicia Avina should also make an impact, as this team continues to familiarize itself and really learn from each other on the grass this year. 

When hired, Coach Vitale had some words to say about getting the job and what can be expected from him and his teams at Detroit Mercy.  

“I am honored and excited to join the University of Detroit Mercy softball program and it has been a pleasure to receive such overwhelming support from the alumni and staff,” Vitale said last year. “I am looking forward to maximizing our potential and representing such a historical program along with our knowledgeable coaching staff who are passionate and ready to bring positive and competitive energy to build a solid foundation for the future.”