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Softball team to open season Sunday in Florida

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College softball team heads into the 2018 season with all four pitchers returning from last year when the Mules open Sunday against Wellesley College on the spring break trip to Florida.

Colby takes on Wellesley at 9 a.m. and then faces Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 2 p.m. The Mules will play 10 games in Clermont before heading back to Waterville. The home opener is Monday, April 2, with two games against Husson University at  4 p.m.
 
Wiley Holton (Dedham, Mass.), Julia Saul (pictured, Palo Alto, Calif.), Holly Lallis (Gladstone, N.J.), and Lucie Cunningham (Danville, Ky.) all saw time on the mound last year. Holton won eight games, threw 93.0 innings, and had the team's best earned run average. Saul tossed 83.0 innings and won three games. Lallis and Cunningham both had appearances in relief.
 
Lallis and Saul are both captains along with senior outfielder Kathleen Mason (East Sandwich, Mass.). 
 
Senior Zena Robert (Fairfax Station, Va.) started 12 games at catcher last year. First-year Lolo Niemiec (Shingle Springs, Calif.) is the other catcher on the roster.
 
Sophomore outfielder Carly Swartz (North Reading, Mass.) is the top returning hitter at .316 last year. She started all 24 games in which she played and saw time in left field. Mason started 28 games last year in the outfield. 
 
Junior Paige Hartnett (Andover, Mass.) has played in the infield and outfield in her first two seasons under head coach Lisa-Ann Wallace. Cunningham, Vanessa Warshaw (Westwood, Mass.), and Emily Dougherty (Dover, Mass.) also can play in the outfield. First-year outfielder Ketty Stinson (Brunswick, Maine) will look to make an immediate impact.
 
First-year Katie Guerin (Bowdoinham, Maine) is a first baseman along with Warshaw. Sophomore Ella Hommeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) and first-year Hailey Rohall (Weston, Mass.) will need to make an impact in the infield.