by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
First year head coach Paul Scott has high hopes for the Windsor Lancer women’s fastpitch program as their 2016 open tryouts and regular season draw closer.
Fastpitch is a varsity-club sport offered at UWindsor which competes among 13 Ontario universities in the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association. Scott has goals of developing a dominant playoff team while competing in the Lancer tradition of high standards, fair play, sportsmanship and achieving the highest level possible in competition.
“We have six veteran Lancers returning to the team this season (but) 0nly two of those vets have more than two playing seasons total,” Scott said. “It will be a young team this year and they are coming off missing the playoffs last season. No worries, we intend on turning that around quickly.”
Scott was named the new head coach of the Lancer fast pitch club in the summer after longtime coach Monique Beneteau stepped down after the 2015-16 season. Scott was then quick to announce three additions to his coaching staff for the 2016 season which includes Dan Russell, Don Hunt and longtime Lancer fastpitch player Stephanie Manson.
“Our coaching staff is also new to the OIWFA, but not new to the world of coaching or leading,” Scott said. “Stephanie Manson spent seven outstanding playing years with the Lancers fastpitch team and the new coaching staff will rely heavily on her bench leadership and presence with this young team as we prepare them for an upward climb towards the top.”
Manson first joined the program in 2008 and was a team captain from 2011-2014. The law graduate was also named the Lancer female varsity-club athlete of the year for two straight years in 2014 and 2015 and owns two OIWFA provincial bronze medals from 2010 and 2014. Manson is also the Vice-President of the OIWFA and will resume both duties throughout the course of the season.
Anyone interested in attending must register in advance by submitting a recruit form and be enrolled in a minimum of three courses at UWindsor. Tryouts will take place over a two-week span at Turtle Club Park, located at 370 Reaume Road in LaSalle, Ont. Aug. 30, 31st and Sept. 1st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then continue Sept. 6, 7 and 8th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All athletes are asked to bring water, a glove, cleats and other proper baseball equipment.
The Lancers will then open up their OIWFA season with a pair of double-headers beginning against the Ottawa Gee-Gees Sept. 10 and the Carleton Ravens Sept. 11. All four games will take place at Turtle Club with start times scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.