Snow still covers the ground in most of Minnesota, but that did not stop several MCAC softball squads from getting in some early season action at domes across the state and several warm-weather locales in Florida and South Carolina. A pair of softball standouts excelled in the first full week of games and have been tabbed 'Player-of-the-Week' for their efforts.
Kossan was a force at the plate for the Raiders, punching in with a .615 batting average in her first college contests. Her strong week included four doubles and two round-trippers. One of her home runs was a grand-slam, which accounted for a third of her 12 RBI's on the week.
Central Lakes will look to build on Kossan's great start with contests this week at the Irish Dome in Rosemont, Minnesota, where they will face Itasca Community College, Hibbing Community College and St. Cloud Technical & Community College, as well as some NJCAA Division II and NCAA four-year JV opponents.
Cyclone sophomore Ashley Pool has picked up in 2018 where she left off in 2017 - helping her team from the pitching circle and the plate - with a strong start to the season.
Offensively, Pool is hitting for a .370 average in the early weeks of the season, with an on-base-percentage of .541 and .704 slugging percentage. She has ten hits, including three doubles and two home runs, which has allowed her to collect 11 RBI's so far in 2018.
As a pitcher, Pool has tossed 29.0 innings, notching three wins and three complete games. She has struck out 18 batters so far, clocking in at a 4.34 K/7 Inning ratio.
Pool and the SCTCC squad will next play at the Irish Dome in Rosemont, where they will see MCAC Northern Division squads Itasca CC, Rainy River CC, Hibbing CC, among others.
For more on the MCAC 2018 Softball season, please go to: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/sball/index
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference website main page is: http://www.mcacsports.org/landing/index
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.