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Softball

Softball
 
 
 
Head Coach: Crystal Laska (8th year)
Assistant Coaches: Brad Koch (8th year), Jacquelyn Plough (6th year) and Jim Elliot (6th year)
2015 Record: 20-20 Overall, 6-10 WHAC
Team Statistics: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
 
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2015 Schedule & Results

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DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE RADIO

Fri. - Sat.,

March 6-15

Tucson Invitational Tucson, Ariz.    
Fri., March 6 vs. Northwestern Tucson, Ariz. L 5-13  
Fri., March 6 vs. Eastern Tucson, Ariz. W 7-1  
Sat., March 7 vs. Great Falls Tucson, Ariz. L 3-13  
Sat., March 7 vs. Morningside Tucson, Ariz. L 1-2  
Sat., March 7 vs. Bemidji State Tucson, Ariz. W 7-3  
Sun., March 8 vs. Purdue-North Central Tucson, Ariz. W 7-0  
Sun. March 8 vs. St. Francis Tucson, Ariz. W 8-7  
Tues., March 10 vs. Concordia (Neb.) Tucson, Ariz. W 8-6  
Tues., March 10 vs. Dordt Tucson, Ariz. W 5-4  
Wed., March 11 vs. Olivet Nazarene Tucson, Ariz. L 1-3  
Wed., March 11 vs. Robert Morris Tucson, Ariz. L 2-10  
Wed., March 11 vs. Doane Tucson, Ariz. W 11-3  
Thurs., March 12 vs. College of St. Marys Tucson, Ariz. W 12-1  
Thurs., March 12 vs. Dakota Wesleyan Tucson, Ariz. L 2-5  
Wed., March 18 @ Alma (DH) Alma, Mich. L 1-9, L 8-9  

Fri. - Sat.,

March 20-21

Davenport Tournament

Live Stats

Grand Rapids, Mich.    
Fri., March 20 vs. Cleary Grand Rapids, Mich. W 13-9  
Fri., March 20 vs. Judson Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-2  
Sat., March 21 vs. Roosevelt Grand Rapids, Mich. W 9-1  
Sat., March 21 vs. Roosevelt Grand Rapids, Mich. W 8-0  
Thurs., March 26 @ Grand Valley State Allendale, Mich.

L 0-8, W 5-4

 
Mon., March 30

vs. University of Northwestern Ohio* (DH)

@ Gainey

Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-5, L 2-5  
Wed., April 1 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich. L 0-8, L 0-9  

Wed., April 8

@ Calumet St. Joseph Whiting, Ind. W 13-4, L 4-7  
Sat., April 11 @ Concordia* (DH) Ann Arbor, Mich.

L 3-5, L 0-2

 
Sun., April 12 @UM Dearborn* (DH) Dearborn, Mich.

L 3-4, W 6-1

 
Wed., April 15 vs. Siena Heights* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-2, W 8-0  
Fri., April 17 @ Cornerstone* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 1-2, W 7-0  
Sat., April 18 vs. #18 Davenport* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-6, W 3-2  
Fri., April 24 vs. Indiana Tech* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich.L 0-1, W 4-0  
Sun., April 26 @ Lourdes*(DH) Sylvania, Ohio

Noon

Live Stats

 

Wed. - Fri.,

April 29-May 1

WHAC Tournament

Rockford, Mich. TBA  
 
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)
3 Olivia Platte Olivia Platte OF/3B R/R Jr. Portland, Mich./Portland
4 Erika Whittington Erika Whittington P/1B R/R Jr. Lawton, MI/Kalamazoo Valley Community College
5 Caitlyn Hensel Caitlyn Hensel P/1B R/R Jr. Flint, Mich/Flushing
6 Alex Forsythe Alex Forsythe UT R/R Fr. Benton Harbor, MI/Lakeshore
8 Ann Hardin Ann Hardin C R/R So. Grandville Mich./Northwood
10 Lexi Popma Lexi Popma OF L/R Jr. Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming Park
11 Mallory Warner Mallory Warner OF L/R Jr. Davison, Mich./Lakeville
12 Brooke Senkbeil Brooke Senkbeil C/2B R/R Fr. Canton, MI/Plymouth
13 Anna Kenny Anna Kenny P/1B R/R So. Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd
14 Jenn Woolard Jenn Woolard 1B R/R Jr. Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
16 Kala Foerster Kala Foerster OF R/R Sr. Portage, Mich./Kalamazoo Valley Community College
17 Meghan Bosma Meghan Bosma OF R/R So. Muskegon, MI/Grand Valley State University
18 Ellie Adams Ellie Adams UT R/R So. Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
19 Chelsea McWain Chelsea McWain 2B R/R Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
20 Megan Hicks Megan Hicks C R/R Fr. Mount Clemens, MI/ L'Anse Creuse
21 Irma Cruz Irma Cruz SS R/R Jr. Esconsido, Ca./Cathedral
23 Heather Gusse Heather Gusse SS/2B R/R Jr. Benton Harbor, MI/Lake Michigan College
24 Rachel Hunt Rachel Hunt 1B R/R Fr. Belding, MI/Belding
 

Coaches

Crystal Laska

CRYSTAL LASKA - Head Coach

laskacry@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2474 (Office)

 

Crystal will begin her 11th year on the Saints coaching staff, her eighth 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

bsk001@aquinas.edu

 

Brad is in his eighth 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 sixth 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 sixth 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