The Hiram College softball team enters the 2018 season under the second-year head coach Scott Pohlman. The Terriers welcome back five returners and 10 fresh faces. Hiram will lean on the experience of the group of juniors to lead the way this year. Here is how the Terriers break down for the upcoming 2018 season:
Budner put together a great first season at Hiram, leading the team in runs scored (17), and tallying two home runs. The sophomore ranked second on the roster with 29 hits, eight stolen bases, 13 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of .394. She also posted eight stolen bases in nine chances and finished the year with six multi-hit games. In the game against Kenyon College, she went 5-for-6 with three extra-base hits in the doubleheader last season.
Call not only served in the infield, but also added 25 pitching appearances. She was third on the team with 12 RBIs, and a .272 batting average. She scored 11 runs and tallied five extra-base hits and finished the season with seven multi-hit games. The sophomore recorded a season-best three RBIs in an 11-10 victory over Newbury College on March 9.
Grein appeared in all 38 games last season as a pitcher and utility player. The sophomore captain ranked second on the team overall with a .275 batting average. She earned her first collegiate win in the circle against Bethany Lutheran and recorded a season-best performance in game one of the Oberlin doubleheader, finishing 4-4 with three RBIs.
Acton rounded out the returning infielders. The sophomore had 18 hits on the season and tied for fourth on the team with five doubles. She also recorded a season-high three hits and two RBIs against Newbury.
The Terriers will bring back two returning pitchers; Makenzie Dombrowski and Call, and Acton as a catcher.
Last season, Dombrowski played in all 38 games as a pitcher and utility player. She made 24 appearances in the circle, with 12 being starts. The junior led the team with 14 RBIs, and a .349 on-base percentage. She also placed second with 15 runs scored, and third with six doubles, and five stolen bases. Dombrowski recorded her first career save against Bethany Lutheran, striking out three batters to end the game, and totaled a pair of hits in six games.
On the mound, junior Chase Martinez and freshman duo Bailey Scheck and Kaitlyn Hager will enter their first season as pitchers for the Terriers. Martinez will also be at first base, and Hager will also serve in the outfield.
Behind the plate, freshman Giselle Bahena will enter her first season as a catcher and make appearances at third base. Despite it being Bahena's first season she was named a captain for the 2017-2018 season.
Due to last year's graduating class the outfield lost Emily Syrjala and Dana Perrotta. The Terriers will look to rebuild during their 2018 campaign with the new group. The newcomers Carmen West, Amanda Holzman, and Ceballos will provide depth and add talent to the outfield and the team.
Hiram will open the 2018 campaign by taking part in the Tucson Invitational from March 5 to March 9. The Terriers will play 10 games in a five-day span against teams from all over the country.
After returning from Arizona, Hiram will play back-to-back non-conference doubleheaders against Thiel (Pa.) and Westminster (Pa.), on the road March 14 and March 17. The Terriers will welcome Mount Union Tuesday, March 20 for their first home matchup of the season and then play Grove (Pa.) City on the 26th. Hiram will visit Baldwin Wallace and host two more non-conference tilts later in the season including Heidelberg, and John Carroll.
The Terriers will enter NCAC play and welcome the three-time defending champions DePauw (Ind.) on Friday, March 30. This season the Terriers also host Allegheny (Pa.), Wittenberg and Kenyon in NCAC battles, while making trips to Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, and Denison.