The Lady Falcons competed against the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Stars when the NPF Back-to-School Tour stopped in Daytona Beach last fall. Daytona State is the only Junior College to have hosted the NPF. “We look forward to making more lifetime memories with this year’s outstanding group of student-athletes.”
There are eight sophomores returning from the 2012 season. The returners include one of last season’s top Region VIII pitchers, Tanna Seuferer (Region VIII 13th ranked ERA with a 1.65, FCCAA Mid-Florida Conference Second Team, Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete, and FCCAA All-Academic Team). Brittany Silcox (Mid-Florida Conference First Team and Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete) will take charge in the outfield this season. Kadieann Tighe (Mid-Florida Conference Second Team, Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete, and FCCAA All-Academic Team) and Tarin Knott (Mid-Florida Conference Second Team, Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete, and FCCAA All-Academic Team) bring back two of last season’s top bats. Falcon fans will also see last years starting third baseman, Sammy Martin (Mid-Florida Conference Honorable Mention and Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete and FCCAA), on the infield.
The Falcons have several new faces on the roster this season including two DI transfers. Lauren Pasquale (College of Charleston) should bring a power to our lineup and Frankie Martinez (Radford University) will be a threat on the bases. The talented group of incoming freshman brings power to our lineup. Infielders Katie Warren and Shannan Lopez and outfielders Jennie Cook and Kate Sims should make breaking into the Falcon lineup tough this season. Sierra Mcmillian will bring speed to the lineup and range to the middle infield. Freshman pitchers, Aubree Murphy and Janet Snipe will add diverse pitching styles to the falcon staff.
The Coaching staff and all of our student-athletes take both academics and athletics together seriously. In 2010 the Daytona State Softball program was named the FCCAA Female Academic Team of the Year. This season we plan to regain that title. We should exceed last year’s team GPA and add to the list of Daytona State Student-Athletes named Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athletes, FCCAA All Academic Team, NJCAA Academic All Americans, NJCAA Distinguished Academic All Americans, and Who’s Who Among National Junior Colleges, and the renowned Jean Williams Award.
Community service is also important to the Lady Falcons as they have many projects planned for this year. A softball team member has been named the President of the Student-Athlete Leadership Council several years in a row aiding student-athlete involvement in the community of Daytona Beach. The team has been recognized for their exceptional community service efforts with the ARC of Volusia County, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, The American Heart Association Heart Walk, Breast Cancer Awareness Softball Tournament, WESH Channel 2 “Share your Christmas”, Christmas Shoe Box for Haiti, Support Your Troops, Falcon Reading Program, “No Butts” Clean Up, and Little Falcons Softball Clinics over the years.
Expectations for this upcoming year are high as our sophomores are ready to lead the way to improve upon last year’s record. With this year’s combination of a strong pitching staff and powerful offense the Lady Falcon’s should return to the state tournament again as a contender for the Atlantic District Championship.