The 2019 edition of the Rhode Island College softball team has a significant South County flavor, with a trio of former area standouts suiting up for the Anchorwomen this spring.
Leading the way is North Kingstown alumna Emma Simmons, who has started all 12 games to date for the Anchorwomen, with the senior starting the bulk of those contests behind the plate.
The former Skipper has been leaned upon to spark things at the top of the batting order and she hasn’t disappointed, hitting at a .400 clip with three doubles, three home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Simmons opened her home run account for the season by going deep in both contests of a March 19 doubleheader against an overmatched Massachusetts Maritime team that RIC swept by a combined 38-2 score.
She followed up by crushing a grand slam five days later against the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts which served as the cornerstone of a nine-run second inning that provided all the scoring the Anchorwomen would need in a 9-1 decision over the Trailblazers.
While Simmons is heading down the homestretch of her collegiate softball career, Narragansett native Reilly Clancey is just exiting the starting gate, appearing in eight games thus far.
Clancey has taken on a variety of roles, appearing on the lineup sheet as an infielder, designated player and pitcher, putting in 13.2 innings of work with a 1-1 record and six strikeouts to her name.
When batting, the freshman righty has made the most of her opportunities by going 8-for-15 with a double and three runs batted in while also scoring three runs.
Last but not least is Narragansett graduate Deirdre McDonald, who has entered all but one of her five games as a pinch runner, striking out in her only at-bat in the opener of the aforementioned Massachusetts Maritime twinbill.
After starting the campaign in Virginia with a 1-5 record, the RIC nine found their feet upon returning to New England and are currently on a six-game winning streak.
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