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Softball

Softball Team
 
 
 
Head Coach: Crystal Laska (7th year)
Assistant Coaches: Brad Koch (7th year), Jacquelyn Plough (5th year) and Jim Elliot (5th year)
 
2014 Record: 21-22 overall, 9-9 WHAC
 
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
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2014 Schedule & Results

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DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE RADIO
Sat., Feb. 22 vs. St. Catherine's (DH) New Albany, Ind. Canceled  
Sun., Feb. 23 vs. Siena Heights New Albany, Ind. Canceled  
Sun., Feb. 23 @ Indiana University Southeast New Albany, Ind. Canceled  

Sat. - Sat.,

March 8-15

Tucson Invitational Tucson, Ariz.    
Sat., March 8 vs. Judson Tucson, Ariz. W 5-4  
Sat., March 8 vs. Purdue-North Central (DH) Tucson, Ariz.

W 10-7, W 5-4 (9)

 
Sun., March 9 vs. Great Falls Tucson, Ariz. L 1-4  
Sun., March 9 vs. Robert Morris Tucson, Ariz. L 5-6  
Mon., March 10 vs. Dakota Wesleyan Tucson, Ariz. L 1-5  
Mon., March 10 vs. Park Tucson, Ariz. L 5-11  
Wed., March 12 vs. Jamestown Tucson, Ariz. W 4-3  
Wed., March 12 vs. Dordt Tucson, Ariz. W 6-3  
Wed., March 12 vs. Olivet Nazarene Tucson, Ariz. L 2-12 (5)  
Thurs., March 13 vs. Peru State Tucson, Ariz. W 15-7  
Thurs., March 13 vs. Briar Cliff Tucson, Ariz. W 2-0  
Thurs., March 13 vs. Baldwin Wallace Tucson, Ariz. W 3-0  
Fri., March 14 vs. Concordia (Neb.) Tucson, Ariz. L 3-4 (8)  
Fri., March 14 vs. Dickinson State Tucson, Ariz. L 5-7  
Wed., March 19 @ Saginaw Valley State (DH) Saginaw, Mich. Canceled  
Fri., March 21 @ Judson (DH) Elgin, Ill. Canceled  
Sat., March 22 @ Olivet Nazarene (DH) Bourbanious, Ill. Canceled  
Sun., March 23 @ St. Xavier (DH) Chicago, Ill. Canceled  
Sun., March 30 @ Northwestern Ohio* (DH) Lima, Ohio W 8-2, W 5-2  
Sun., March 30 @ Indiana Tech* (DH) Fort Wayne, Ind. Postponed  
Tues., April 1 vs. Hope (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. Postponed  
Wed., April 2 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich.

L 1-2, L 1-4

 
Sat., April 5 vs. Concordia* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. Postponed  
Sun., April 6 vs. UM Dearborn* (DH) @ Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-1 (5), L 3-5  
Mon., April 7 @ Calvin (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 8-3, L 1-6

 
Fri., April 11 vs. Cornerstone* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-7, L 2-4  
Sat., April 12 @ Davenport* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 0-11 (5), L 1-9 (6)

 
Mon., April 14 vs. Concordia* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. Postponed  
Wed., April 16 @ Siena Heights* (DH) Adrian, Mich. W 12-4 (5), L 1-2 (8)  
Sat., April 19 vs. Lourdes* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4 (8), W 5-3  
Mon., April 21 @ Indiana Tech* (DH) Fort Wayne, Ind. W 6-1, L 2-3 (9)  
Tues., April 22 vs. Concordia* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 4-3, W 4-3  
Wed., April 23 @ Cornerstone (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich.L 4-6, L 8-13  
Sat., April 26 vs. Roosevelt (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 3-0, W 8-0 (5)  
Sun., April 27 @ Alma* (DH) Alma, Mich. W 2-0, L 4-5 (10)  

Wed., April 30

WHAC Tournament

vs. Siena Heights

Sylvania, Ohio L 2-3  
Wed., April 30

WHAC Tournament

vs. UM-Dearborn

Sylvania, Ohio L 4-10  
 
Note: Home games played at Fuller Park. >Address and directions
* Denotes WHAC competition
 

Roster

No. Photos Name Pos B/T Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
1 Miranda Wineowicki Miranda Wineowicki OF R/R Fr. Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central
2 Emily Corning Emily Corning 2B/SS R/R Sr. Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Community College
3 Olivia Platte Olivia Platte UT R/R So. Portland, Mich./Portland
4 Rebecca Shineldecker Rebecca Shineldecker P/1B R/R Sr. Muskegon, Mich./North Muskegon
5 Caitlyn Hensel Caitlyn Hensel P R/R So. Flint, Mich/Flushing
6 Sadie Stowell Sadie Stowell 3B R/R Sr. Jenison, Mich./Jenison
10 Lexi Popma Lexi Popma OF L/R So. Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming Park
11 Mallory Warner Mallory Warner OF L/R Fr. Davison, Mich./Lakeville
12 Olivia Hrymak Olivia Hrymak OF L/R So. Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower
13 Anna Kenny Anna Kenny P/1B R/R Fr. Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd
14 Jenn Woolard Jenn Woolard 1B R/R So. Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
16 Kala Foerster Kala Foerster OF R/R Jr. Portage, Mich./Kalamazoo Valley Community College
18 Ellie Adams Ellie Adams UT R/R Fr. Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
19 Chelsea McWain Chelsea McWain 2B R/R Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
20 Torie Lowe Torie Lowe C R/R Sr. Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac
21 Irma Cruz Irma Cruz SS/2B R/R So. Esconsido, Ca./Cathedral
22 Isabella Labadie Isabella Labadie C R/R Fr. Marcellous Mich./Marcellous
24 Whitney Lubbers Whitney Lubbers 1B R/R Sr. Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian
 

Coaches

Crystal Laska CRYSTAL LASKA Head Coach -- Crystal will begin her tenth year on the Saints coaching staff, her seventh year as head coach. Crystal, an Aquinas alumni, was a pitcher at Aquinas ('98-'99) until a shoulder injury cut her career short. Crystal's coaching experience includes a 1 year stint at Grand Rapids Community College, as well as a pitching instructor for veteran softball coach at Tom Judson's (Northview) Positive Mental Attitude Pitching Camp and well as currently working as a pitching instructor at Elite Baseball & Softball.
 
In 2007-08 the Saints posted an impressive 31-14 record, under their first year coach. The team placed 2nd in the conference and was the #3 seed in the Regional Tournament. Crystal is also the associate athletic director of operations for the Aquinas College Athletic Department. Crystal resides in Byron Center with her husband, Chris, an Aquinas alumni, and daughter, Cierra, son, Luke, and newest edition Evie.
 
Brad Koch BRAD KOCH Assistant Coach -- Brad is in his seventh season on the Saints coaching staff. He brings numerous coaching experiences to the table including being the varsity coach at Kenowa Hills High School for five years. For six years Brad was the first assistant coach at Grand Rapids Community College. He also coached the Grand Rapids Blaze 18U elite travel team for five years during the summer. Brad is currently a mathematics teacher at Kenowa Hills High School and he resides in Comstock Park with his wife, Terry, his son, Bryce and daughter, Abby.
 
Plough JACQUELYN PLOUGH Assistant Coach -- Jacquelyn begins her fifth season on the Saints coaching staff after a stellar four year career which included awards such as; 2009 NAIA All American and member of the WHAC all conference team in 09'. Plough is currently second all time on the school's career home run list as well as 4th in runs scored, 5th in RBI's, and 3rd in career batting average. Jacquelyn's energy and knowledge of the game proves vital to the Saints success. Coach Jacki is a strong role model on and off the field. She loves to teach the girls the hitting and fielding fundamentals of the game as well as how to succeed as a student-athlete. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Aquinas in Biology and currently works as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry. She is also pursuing her Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Campus.
 
Jim Elliot JIM ELLIOTT Assistant Coach -- Jim is in his fifth season with the Saints softball coaching staff. He brings a variety of softball coaching experiences which include 7 years as the head softball coach for the Grand Rapids Blaze at 16 under, 14 under, and 12 under. Jim has also coached varsity high school softball for 2 years and has been a softball college assistant coach for 2 years. He has a philosophy of working hard while having some fun with the game of softball. Jim is a sales and marketing director in Grand Rapids where he resides with his wife Karen. He has a son Matt and daughter Emily who is married to Kevin plus two grandsons, Brady and KJ.
 

Season Outlook