Worcester, Mass.—The Clark University softball team along with head coach Linda Wage is excited to announce seniors Kendra Walker (Cumberland, R.I.) and Kayleigh McHugh (Pepperell, Mass.) as 2019 co-captains.
"Kendra and Kayleigh are dedicated senior captains who possess the leadership qualities to guide a very young team forward. Over the years they have always been good communicators and both have the ability to access the day to day needs of their teammates. They have earned the respect of their peers and coaching staff by being exceptional role models maintaining the high standards and values we have set for our team," said coach Wage.
Walker is entering her fourth year as a part of the Clark softball program. As an outfielder she has appeared in a total of 76 career games, racking up 17 hits, 12 runs, and an RBI. Last season she posted a single-season high, six hits, including one double, and crossed home plate six times. Walker is also a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree.
"I am very grateful to have been named co-captain. It is an opportunity to be a role model and act like the type of player, teammate, and friend that I've always looked up to in previous years," said Walker.
She added how excited the team is to head down to Florida for their annual Spring Break trip. "It is the best time of year and is always so memorable. We get to compete with some strong teams and play in some beautiful weather".
Walker has some expectations set for the team both on and off the field as well; "we will be successful this season as long as we continue to put the team first. Keeping the bigger picture in mind will be key when we start to experience challenges…this is one of the most diversely talented teams I've seen here and our young enthusiastic energy will carry us through this season. We will accomplish some great things this year if we keep up the hard work and be supportive of each other," she concluded.
Co-captain McHugh is also headed into her fourth season with the softball program. As a catcher McHugh has appeared in 90 career games, tallying 27 hits, eight doubles, two homeruns, and nine RBIs. She also has a total of 405 putouts from behind the plate.
McHugh has some similar outlooks as the team heads into the first weeks of the 2019 season
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to be named co-captain this year. We've had some pretty great leadership in the past, so Kendra and I have some pretty big shoes to fill…this opportunity allows us to look back and take lessons from our former captains," said McHugh.
She continued, "As we move forward this season, Kendra and I are trying to combine past lessons with some new strategies to focus and motivate the team. We are a young and enthusiastic team, and I think when we all come together we [will] be able to accomplish some great things".
McHugh looks forward to the Spring Break trip to Florida as an opportunity to try a number of different players in different situations. She believes that time will lead to a focused team that will take those lessons into the rest of the season.
"I'm beyond excited to finish up my softball career with this fun, talented, and dynamic group."
Softball is headed to Florida the first week of March and will play their first two games against Elms on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla. They open up their home schedule on Saturday, March 16th when they host Brandeis at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.