2017 Season Review

Signature wins: The Fords showed a lot of versatility during their Centennial Conference victories against Swarthmore and Ursinus. In the doubleheader against their Hood Trophy rivals, the Fords used dominant pitching as shutouts from Kendall Chambers and Temma Levis paved the way to a sweep. Haverford also showed it could swing the bats with any team in the conference during a 13-9 victory at Ursinus. That season-high 13 run performance was highlighted by first-team All-Centennial Conference selection Julia Blake breaking the College's record with five runs scored in a single game as she went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, home run, and three RBI as she was hit by pitch in her final plate appearance of the game. However, that offensive showcase was anything but a one person show as each player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, with four players having multi-hit afternoons. Each of the starting nine also scored or drove in at least one run during that win.

Season Notes: Haverford has now had at least four players on the All-Centennial Conference team in each of head coach Erin Brooks' first three seasons … In addition to Blake's first-team recognition, Kendall ChambersJessica Koshinski, and Ashley Sisto were recognized as honorable mention selections … Koshinski, the 2016 CC Rookie of the Year, has been named All-Centennial Conference in each of her first three seasons – including two first-team selections … Chambers earned all-conference honors for the second straight season as she graduated with the College's record for saves in a career with 11 … Sisto earned her all-conference accolades in her first year at Haverford … Each of Haverford's eligible All-Centennial Conference players were also named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll (Blake, Chambers, Koshinski) … Haverford had three of the 12 players across the entire conference who earned both the academic and athletic accolades at the conference level.

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Looking ahead: With only Kendall Chambers graduating from this year's team, the Fords appear ready to bounce back into the playoff conversation after a string of four straight playoff appearances was snapped in 2017. Chambers graduated as a member of two Centennial Conference Championship teams. Of the eight returning starters, five of them have started during at least the past two seasons which includes the program's first-ever appearance at an NCAA Super Regional.

 

2017 Season Preview

Preseason Interview with Kendall Chambers '17

The Haverford College softball team embarked on a historic postseason run last year. The Fords, who faced seven elimination games during the postseason, won their second Centennial Conference Championship in three seasons as they became the first team to drop the opening game of the conference tournament and roll off four straight victories to hoist the trophy.

Haverford then took down the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the entire country in the Norfolk, Va. Regional to advance to its first NCAA Super Regional in program history. The Fords ultimately came up just one game short of the NCAA College World Series as they fell to eventual national runner-up Messiah in the decisive third game of the series.

Haverford made its postseason run with just 11 active players and will hope that is the magic number once again this spring as the Fords graduated four seniors as part of the winningest class in program history and welcome in four first years to the fold.

The lone senior on this year's team, captain Kendall Chambers, is also the lone returning pitcher. Despite losing the two winningest pitchers in school history, Chambers came into her own during the postseason. An honorable mention All-Centennial Conference selection at designated player, Chambers was named the most outstanding player of the Norfolk, Va. Regional.

She allowed just four earned runs in her final 25.1 innings during the postseason run, including a shutout of Saint Vincent in the regional tournament. She also homered and came on to save wins against Salisbury and Messiah during the NCAA Tournament. Chambers already holds the school record for career saves (11) while her 2.49 ERA and seven home runs hit in 2016 were both career bests. First years Temma Levis and Brianna Quinn will solidify a rotation that has constantly seen three pitchers utilized under head coach Erin Brooks.

Around the infield, the Fords return four starters to their regular positions. At third base, junior Jessica Koshinski is already a two-time first-team All-Centennial Conference selection. She led the team with 33 RBI and was named to the regional all-tournament team. Koskinski also belted a career-high six home runs last season and already ranks among the program's top 10 in that category for her career. Joining her on the left side of the infield will be sophomore shortstop Rachel Wolfson. Wolfson started all 50 games during her freshman season, leading the Fords in hits (57), at-bats (182), and total bases (72). Her .313 batting average was the second highest mark on the team.

Two more sophomores fill out the right side of the infield. At second base, Julia Blake returns following an honorable mention All-CC season in which she was also named to the Norfolk, Va. Regional All-Tournament Team. She also started all 50 games while leading the team in batting average (.331), on-base percentage (.394), runs scored (33), doubles (10), triples (2), stolen bases (13), and sacrifice bunts (13). Kaitlyn Guild made 49 starts at first base during her rookie season. She posted a .294 batting average and ranked second on the team in on-base percentage (.360), hits (45), and at-bats (153).

The graduation of catcher Kristin Tatum will likely move Emily Gorman behind the plate this spring. Gorman appeared in 47 games, making 40 starts in right field a season ago. She scored and drove in eight runs and had a hit in 15 different games. Her positional shift most likely leaves Alex Craig as the only returning outfielder. Craig did start all 50 games as a corner outfielder. She scored 21 runs and drove in 13 more, including her first career home run against Gettysburg. First years Ashley Sisto and Abiola Irvine will vie for playing time in the outfield this spring.

The Fords went 28-22 last year and are 53-32-1 under their third year head coach. Haverford got into the Centennial Conference Tournament as the fourth seed and has qualified for the postseason in each of the last four seasons – a first in program history.

Softball will open the 2017 season with the annual trip to Florida which begins on Sunday, March 5 with a 9 a.m. game against Catholic. Haverford will play eight games in the Sunshine State and has eight home doubleheaders on the schedule this spring. Haverford's final three weekend doubleheaders will each come against the three Centennial Conference Teams that Haverford eliminated for the conference championship.