Softball Picked Fourth in MIAA Preseason Poll

Softball Picked Fourth in MIAA Preseason Poll

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2017 MIAA preseason coaches' poll. The Knights received 39 total points. Defending MIAA champion, Alma earned eight first-place votes to earn 64 points. 

"We are excited to kick off the 2017 season," said head coach Becky Hilgert.  "In softball, the MIAA is very competitive and I expect all of our games to be hard fought. As a team, we are looking forward to the challenges presented by all of our opponents in the conference." 

Calvin is under the direction of first-year head coach Becky Hilgert. The Knights return two 2016 All-MIAA selections in Maddie DeGroot and Anna Gernant. The Maroon and Gold posted a 23-13 record in 2016 and finished tied for fourth place in the MIAA at 9-7.

The Knights open the season in Marquette, Michigan on Feb. 24. Calvin will have home series against Wheaton, Cleary, Trine, Saint Mary's, Hope, and Olivet.

2017 MIAA Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Alma (8 first-place votes) - 64 points
2. Trine - 55 points
3. Hope (1 first-place vote) - 50 points
4. Calvin - 39 points
5. Saint Mary's - 37 points
6. Kalamazoo - 27 points
7. Adrian - 25 points
8. Olivet - 18 points
9. Albion - 9 points