Diamond teams finished on promising note
A longer-than-usual winter wreaked early havoc on softball and baseball schedules throughout the area, but it couldn’t completely ruin Moraine Valley College’s on-field exploits.
Once play got underway in earnest, the Cyclones softball squad posted a 22-17 ledger and went 8-4 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, which was good for a runner-up finish in the league standings. Included among the season highlights was a nine-game win streak.
Carly Trinley captured ISCC Player of the Year honors after batting .545 in conference action with an .841 slugging percentage. Other Moraine athletes chosen for the all-conference first team were Amie Raynor (.397 average; .450 in the ISCC) and Jenny Vanek (.295; .356 in conference). Second-team picks were Ari Bulthuis (.382; .357 in conference) and Dana Cummings.
“This is one of the most fun teams I’ve had in my coaching career,” Cyclones boss Mike Veen said. “I wish this was a four-year institution [because] I didn’t want to see the season end.
“We were lucky we got in the number of games we did. Not only that, but there is real talent on the team. It’s hard to see the sophomores go.”
Vanek intends to continue playing softball at North Central College next season, while Raynor will head to Aurora University. Trinley is expected to return to Moraine for the 2015 campaign, and Veen has some recruits in mind to further develop his squad.