Rookie Paces Anchorwomen Softball
The Rhode Island College softball team is off to a 13-4 start this season. The Anchorwomen are currently in first place in the highly competitive Little East Conference and lead the league in batting with a .326 team average and in scoring with 6.10 runs per game.
Of the team’s 13 members, seven of them are batting over .300. One of those seven is freshman catcher Rachael Caldwell. Caldwell is third on the team with a .385 batting average and second with 20 hits and 12 RBI.
Caldwell was named the LEC Rookie of the Week for the week of Apr. 1. She roped six hits, including a double and a triple in 12 at-bats for a .500 batting average, helping RIC to a 3-1 record that week. She was a perfect 3-3 with two runs and two RBI in the 8-0 win over Keene State on Mar. 30.
The Wood River Junction, Rhode Island native came to RIC after a successful high school career at Chariho Regional High School where she was a four-year letterwinner in softball. The 2001 graduate was named First-Team All-Division and also captained the team her senior year.
Caldwell is enjoying the success of the Anchorwomen this season and credits her teammates for her own success. "They’re very supportive. If I strikeout or ground out, they’re always there to pick me back up so I can get back out there and hit the ball well," says Caldwell.
"The whole team is hitting the ball really well. You can go down our whole lineup and everyone has RBIs and base hits. We don’t have one person that stands out in the lineup, it’s all spread out evenly," says Caldwell.
The Anchorwomen’s depth in their roster has helped them win 12 of their last 14 games, outscoring their opponents 84-20. "All the girls are good. There’s not one bad player on this team," says the 5’5" Caldwell. "In high school there wasn’t as much depth on my team as there is here."
With half of the season completed, the team is looking towards the LEC playoffs. The team will face their toughest competition over the next three weeks with games against LEC rivals Plymouth State and Western Connecticut.
"We haven’t had a lot of conference games yet, so our competition hasn’t been that tough, but we’re going into our prime spots soon so that will be our true test," says Caldwell. "If we keep playing the way we are, we should be in pretty good shape. We just need to keep playing with the same intensity every game."