Regina softball back on field after state title-winning season

Saddlelites first game set for April 7

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published March 30, 2016


WARREN — After a tear last season that saw the Warren Regina softball team win 24 of its last 29 games on the way to a Division 1 state title, Saddlelites coach Diane Laffey said she's ready to get the season going and that she thinks the team can carry the momentum of last season into 2016.

“It definitely can,” said Laffey, who moved to 6-0 in state title games with the win last spring and brought Regina its first softball championship since the school moved to Warren, during a March 30 practice  “That experience they gained making that run last season is something that will always be with them, and I think it can most certainly play a role in how the team does this season.

“We haven’t really talked about focus because they know teams are gunning for them and that we have a target on our back. If they just go out and play like they can, we’ll be OK.”

Regina this season will field what Laffey described as a young team. The Saddlelites will start sophomores at second and third base, and a freshman in left field. The team's first game is at 4 p.m. April 7 at Grosse Pointe North.

Regina senior hurler Nicole Roeske (Warren) steps into the No. 1 spot vacated with the graduation of Marissa Tiano, who won last year's state quarterfinal, semifinal and title game.

"I pitched a lot last year behind (Tiano), so I'm comfortable on the mound," said Roeske, who Laffey tapped as a team leader along with senior shortstop Jessie Munson, senior Hailey Reese (first base) and senior center fielder Kristina Carlson. "I think it'll be easy for this team to jell because a lot of us have been together for a while.

"We know there's a target on our back, like coach said, but we're going to have fun this season. This team has its own goals it wants to reach."

Check back for a full season preview on the Regina softball team.