By: Jay Kidwell
Although the first pitches of 2013 are months away, when it comes time to hit the diamond next spring the William Penn softball team will again be the league favorite as the 2013 Midwest Collegiate Conference preseason coaches' poll was announced today.
The Lady Statesmen (47-18, 22-2 MCC last year) top the six-team race with 34 points and four of the six first-place votes. William Penn won both the regular season and tournament titles last year, earning a trip to the NAIA National Championships.
St. Ambrose, with the final two first-place votes, is tied with Grand View for second at 27 points. There is then a bit of a drop-off with Mount Mercy in fourth with 17 points. Viterbo (11) and Clarke (10) round out the rating.
The NAIA's preseason national poll will be released next Tuesday, November 13.
2013 MCC Softball Coaches' Poll
(Number in parentheses is first-place votes)
1. William Penn 34 (4)
2. St. Ambrose 27 (2)
3. Grand View 27
4. Mount Mercy 17
5. Viterbo 11
6. Clarke 10