That is how Coach Kris Herman describes her team's approach to the 2013 season.
The Ephs look to build upon the 22-16 record they posted in 2012, and they have all pieces to do just that. With twelve returners and a talented freshmen class of five, Williams hopes to win the NESCAC West and the NESCAC Championship this spring.
To do this, the Ephs will have to overcome the loss of First Team All-American Ali Hart. Hart was a catalyst from the leadoff spot, and strong presence in center field for the Ephs in 2012. Her talent and leadership will no doubt be missed, but with four seniors and a dedicated group of underclassmen, Herman is confident there is plenty of leadership and talent on the 2013 roster.
The four seniors are pitcher Megan Casey, catcher Amanda Correnti, pitcher and infielder Kaitlin Dinet, and shortstop Merrilee Weston. A lot is expected of the senior class, and all four should see plenty of time on the field this season.
Herman is glad to have so much talent and experience in the infield this season, saying, "Our depth in the infield will be crucial to our success this season. We have a lot of different players that can contribute, and that is especially important given the demands of such a short season."
Juniors Ally Ensor and Ali Graebner, who both spent significant time in the outfield last season, will be joined by first years Priscilla Pino and Melissa Cendejas this year. Zoe Dillon-Davidson, Donze, and Li could also see time in the outfield for the Ephs.
Coach Herman expects her team to "wreak havoc" on the offensive side this season. "We want to be aggressive in the box and especially on the bases to take advantage of the speed on this year's roster."
In addition to speed, there is plenty of power in the 2013 lineup. Ensor was a First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team All-New England selection in 2012. She hit .518, drove in 42 runs, and posted a slugging percentage of .800. Graebner was a Second Team All-NESCAC selection in 2012, hitting .318 and driving in 38 runs.
As with any year, success in the circle will be critical for the Ephs. Four pitchers return from 2012, so there will be no shortage of experience for the pitching staff. Seniors Dinet and Casey seek to use their three years of experience to put together successful final campaigns. Dinet hurled 53 innings for the Ephs in 2012, posting a 4-3 record and a 2.48 ERA. Casey posted a 4.07 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched.
Sophomores Emma Harrington and Rott look to build upon the experience they gained in their first seasons. Harrington posted a 1.95 ERA in a team-leading 104 innings pitched. She also recorded 103 strikeouts. Rott also got some experience in 2012, and will round out the 2013 staff.
"We take a true staff approach to pitching," Herman said. "We have four pitchers with very different strengths, which gives us great depth and many different options in terms of strategy."
The pitchers will be throwing to senior Correnti, sophomores Lindsey Precht and Dillon-Davidson, and first-year Li. Correnti has three years of experience under her belt, and is coming back from a knee injury that ended her 2012 season prematurely. Herman is excited to have Correnti back for this season, and glad to have such depth in another key position.
Williams opens a 16-game spring break trip in California with a doubleheader at Vanguard on March 18th at 2:00PM. Their home opener is March 29th against Southern Vermont.