With some new faces on this year’s team, head coach Ken Delcambre and his players still have high expectations as the Galveston College Whitecaps aim for a strong season.
The Whitecaps began their 2018 season last week with a split against NJCAA Division II powerhouse (and defending national champions) LSU-Eunice on the road.
Galveston College won the first game 5-4 before dropping the second game 4-2.
“Over half the team are freshmen,” Delcambre said. “The first game we played error-free. Even though it was a Division II team, they’re the defending national champs. The fielding looked good. Our hitters did a great job. In the last game, we made some defensive errors that cost us.”
But as the Whitecaps continue to navigate their way in the early days of this season, Delcambre said he likes what he’s seen from his pitching staff so far.
“We’ve got one of the best pitchers in the conference,” Delcambre said. “I think our pitching will be solid. We’ve seen drastic improvements in that area.”
In the Whitecaps’ win over LSUE, Bailey Turner pitched all eight innings and struck out 12 batters.
A key area that the Whitecaps look to improve on will be capitalizing on scoring situations.
“We need to be more consistent when we have runners in scoring position,” Delcambre said. “We have some strong hitting and some good defensive players that will help keep us in ball games.”
Kirsten Shaw, Alyssa Martinez and Ashley Kriesel are just some of the many players looking to lead a dangerous hitting attack for the Whitecaps this year.
Playing in Region XIV, the Whitecaps will face stiff competition from the likes of Blinn College, Kilgore College and San Jacinto, just to name a few.
“We play in one of the toughest conferences,” Delcambre said. “There’s some really strong teams. We have our work cut out for us. We want to make the national tournament and we have a lot of opportunities to do that this year.”
Last year, the Whitecaps defeated Tyler Junior College in the winner’s bracket of the Region XIV Softball Tournament before losing to Blinn College and Angelina College.
This weekend, the Whitecaps will be at home for the Island Invitational Tournament, which will start on Friday and end on Saturday.