After a 2016 season that saw them finish with a 30-14 record, and as the runners-up in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Softball National Championship tournament, the 2017 Carlow Celtics softball team looked to finish what they started.
That didn’t seem to be a difficult task for a team that saw four Celtics named All-Americans, including returning players junior shortstop Kelsey Geyer (first team) and senior third baseman Allison Hryadil (second team) in the previous year. Two more players, senior second baseman Marla Small and senior center elder Kenzie Young, were named to the USCAA National Championship All-Tournament team last year. Coach Bob Sirko was also named the 2016 USCAA Softball Coach of the Year.
This season, the Celtics had an overall record of 15-13-1, which included a 4-10 record in River States Conference (RSC) play and a record of 7-5 in the USCAA. They look forward to the RSC Tournament and a possible USCAA National Championship Tournament berth.
The Carlow faithful are very proud of the Celtics softball team. Fans have been cheering them on all season long at their home field, Fairhaven Park. The Celtics' teamwork and determination are one more reason to be #CarlowProud!
By Caitlin Wilson