By Tyler Wilkie - Sports Information Intern
ROCHESTER - The 2017 MCC Tribunes softball team is aiming for another successful season with some newly added talent. The Tribunes finished the 2016 campaign 25-16 and reached the finals of the Region III-A tournament before falling to the eventual national runner-up Herkimer College.
MCC starts the 2017 season with eight games in Florida against schools from around the country.The team will return for their home opener March 30 against the Onondaga Lazers. The Tribunes will then take on Herkimer and Corning Community College, who rank #2 and #6, respectively in the preseason ranks for NJCAA Division 3. MCC will travel to Herkimer on April 19 and then play host to Corning on April 29.
As the season draws closer, MCC looks to their three returners from last year's team to lead the way. Returning this year is sophomore outfielder Tori Thuman, who was selected to the 2016 All-Region III and All-Western New York Athletic Conference first teams. Thuman led the team last year in batting average (.472), home runs (10), RBIs (46), hits (58), and doubles (21).
She is joined by sophomore catcher/outfielder Amanda Gillen, who was also a part of the All-WNYAC first team. Gillen batted .388 with four homers and 32 RBIs.
Also returning is sophomore pitcher Bri Wagner. Wagner was selected to the All-WNYAC second team last year and had 13 completed games pitched with a 9-3 record and 87 strikeouts in 78.2 innings.