Photo by Ted Brakob
Photo by Luke Hubers
The Tommies were placed in first for the 2016 MIAC pre-season poll, and they lived up to
expectations winning the MIAC playoffs for the 12th
time this season. The team welcomed a handful of first-year students to help them succeed in the 2016 season.
The Tommies started their season travelling to
Georgia and Florida for spring training. After a month
of being on the road, the team with its home opener
againt St. Olaf on April 2.
The softball team celebrated multiple honors this
season. At the beginning of the season, KatieJo Delisle
was among 50 Division III softball players named to
the 2016 pre-season watch list for the Schutt Sports
National Player of the Year consideration. On the week
of March 21, first-year pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass
was named MIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week. On
May 4, the Tommies celebrated senior Micaela Trainor
who received the Division III Softball National Player of
the Week award from the National Fastpitch Coaches’
The team pushed its winning streak to 17 games
after beating St. Mary’s on April 11, but the Tommies did
not stop there. Their hard work paid off as they ended
their regular season with an overall record of 38-6.
First-year student Madi DeMarco said, “I am so
grateful to be on this team as coach John Tschida not
only shapes us to be players we never thought we could
be, but also well-rounded individuals who are going to
succeed in our futures.”
The Tommies hosted the 2016 MIAC playoffs and
advanced to the championship game, where they beat
St. Catherine 6-0. This was the 12th conference playoff
championship that the Tommies have won under
The team won the NCAA regional tournament,
ranked 12th nationally and advanced to the eight-team
Division III Championship May 26-31 in Salem, Va. The
Tommies lost to No. 9 Emory in a close 2-3 game. They
moved on to the losers bracket, where they lost to St.
John Fisher. The Tommies ended the season 43-8.
By Lauren Petersen