FSCJ’s BlueWave softball team played well in their season-opening games at the Clearwater JuCo Kickoff Tournament on January 29, going 5-0.
Included in the team’s victories were wins over Division-I nationally ranked Wallace- Hanceville and 8th-ranked Division-II Illinois Central. The BlueWave opened the season ranked 9th in the state poll. They knocked off number five-ranked Tallahassee and number seven-ranked State College of Florida, as well as Hillsborough Community College.
Freshman pitcher Shaina Reed was 3-0 for the season-opening weekend with one save and an earned run average of 1.00. Fellow freshman Jenn Tellefsen was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.135. The team crushed the ball all weekend to post a team batting average of .434. Freshmen Kailey Perry and Veronica Frees both hit .611 for the five games. Freshman Lanie Rogers hit .412 with a slugging percentage of .882 as she had two doubles and two home runs.
Sophomore Jess Delawder led the team with 10 RBIs, hitting .467 with two doubles and a home run. Sophomores Maddi Johnson (.438, 5 doubles) and Alyssa Halpin (.467) also helped to pace the offense. Pitcher Shaina Reed helped herself by hitting .400, while Mackenzie Jahn hit .417 with a double and a home run. The team played with a lot of energy and set the tone for an excellent season.