The Alvin Community College Softball and Baseball are taking the field with a new look for the 2023 Spring season.
The teams are sporting a new logo design and playing on improved facilities.
“All of these things are very helpful while recruiting top athletes to our college along with giving us a more competitive edge,” Softball coach Jeri Torres-Farmer said.
The teams started play in January. The Baseball team is working to build on its success from last season while the Softball team is coming together with a roster of mostly new faces.
In 2022 the team posted a 32-23 record overall and a 24-11 record in the NJCAA Region 14 conference and advanced to the Region 14 final.
“The improvements we need to make to have a better season is to improve the overall depth of the team,” said Jason Schreiber, head coach. “Last year we had a quality starting group of position players and some quality arms though we had issues with injuries. We believe we have addressed this in our recruiting and look to have more depth in 2023.”
The team has 11 returning players from the 2022 team including Region 14 South Player of the Year Martin Vasquez.
“Martin is a big time hitter who will hit in the middle of the order,” Schreiber said. “We return Grant Pfaff and Ethan Munoz, two infielders that both made the All Star Game. Sergio Guerra returns as catcher and we expect big things from Sergio, probably the biggest arm from behind the plate Alvin has ever had. We als have returning Oscar Cuello, Sebastian Soliz, and Sergio Lopez. All three had big years on the mound for us last year and expect them to repeat that in 2023.”
Schreiber said one of the team’s greatest strengths is depth in the mound.
“We are excited about what this pitching staff will accomplish this season,” he said. “This position player group has the ability to play defense at a high level and offensively this group can be as good as last year’s highly productive lineup.”
The Softball team is coming off a 19-31 record from their 2022 season with an 8-16 record in the Region 14 conference.
Only three players are returning from that team, Torres-Farmer said.
“Two of which were all conference players last year,” she said. “We are really looking for them to lead by example.”
As the new players come together on the field, they will hopefully develop as well-rounded team, Torres-Farmer said.
“I feel that we have very coachable players,” she said. “When players buy into what you are teaching great things happen. Like every season these players need to learn their teammates. Good communication and chemistry is key in being successful.”
For a schedule of upcoming games or to view the rosters, visit the new athletics web page at http://athletics.alvincollege.edu.