With a quick glance at her softball roster before the season started, Fresno City College coach Rhonda Williams took a deep breath:
“One returning starter. You don’t know how freshmen are going to respond.”
So far, pretty well, with the Rams 5-2 heading into Thursday’s game at Modesto. Kassie Sierras (Yosemite High) is the returner, but she played second base last season and is now the starting catcher.
Kyla Cisneros (El Diamante) is hitting third and has two home runs and four RBIs. Freshmen Adriana Bencomo (Bullard) is batting .450 with two homers and four RBIs, and Dana Moritz (Clovis) leads the team with a .467 batting average.
The roster also includes Kassandra Workentine, who’s recovering from a knee injury and hasn’t played softball since graduating from Washington High in 2010, and Grace Combs (Memorial), who transferred in from Southern Idaho.
“We didn’t have any expectations,” Williams said. “We thought, ‘Here we go and let’s see how they do.’ They looked good in practice and in the fall semester. Some of the players we have, have experience competing at a high level from the programs they’ve come from and travel ball.”