Raiders avoid snow with Florida trip: GRCC Softball heads south, now 1-11

Raiders avoid snow with Florida trip: GRCC Softball heads south, now 1-11

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GRCC infielder, Sam Adams, takes a ground ball during practice. Photo by John Rothwell

By Max De Leeuw – Collegiate Staff

GRCC infielder, Sam Adams, takes a ground ball during practice. Photo by John Rothwell
GRCC infielder, Sam Adams, takes a ground ball during practice. Photo by John Rothwell

The Grand Rapids Community College softball team started off the season with a trip south that resulted in one win and seven losses.

“They did what I expected,” Head Coach Jenni Bourbina said. “We trained hard to have a good strong defense and that’s what they showed.

“I had a couple situations where I had some girls in positions they hadn’t played. They played cleanly, not committing many errors, rotated really well on bunt coverages, communicated well.”

The first game of the season took place in Tennessee against Volunteer State Community College but was called in the fourth inning due to bad weather with the Raiders leading 5-3. Although the stats will not be recorded since the game was called, sophomores Samantha Adams and Katie Klompstra both hit home runs in the game.

Photo by John Rothwell
Photo by John Rothwell

Bourbina wasn’t disappointed with how everything played out.

“We got a good experience, we got to play a good team,” Bourbina said. “It’s part of the thing with an outdoor season, is you’re kind of left to the grace of the weather and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

The Raiders played six of the eight games, of the trip south, in Florida. The last two road games before the Raiders began playing locally were in Cleveland with a double-header against Lakeland Community College. The Raiders lost the first game 2-3 and won the second 5-4.

The Raiders lost both games in a double-header at home against Lansing Community College on Friday and lost both games in a double-header against Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek on Saturday, bringing their record to 1-11.

All of the Raiders’ home games take place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids. The next home game is against Davenport University’s JV team and is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. March 27.

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