Foursome provide heart and soul for Delaware Tech softball

GEORGETOWN — The true character of a sports team can be seen when things don’t go according to plan. For the Delaware Technical Community College softball team, losing what should’ve been the team’s two starting pitchers due to injury before the season started threw a big wrench into the 2018 season.

Enter sophomores Elisha Marks and Brooke Stoeckel, and freshmen Megan Fry and Madison McGee. Marks, a Sussex Tech High School graduate, is a natural outfielder who hadn’t pitched since her freshman year of high school. But in the fall, she approached the coaches and offered to pitch a few innings.

“I told coach, ‘whatever you need let me know,’” Marks said. “I saw we were lacking pitchers and I wanted to fill in wherever I was needed.”

Instead of a few innings, Marks has found herself pitching full games this season.

“I had a lot of nerves [the night before the first game],” Marks said. “I don’t think it ever gets easy. You always feel pressure, but the team takes it off me when we score like we can.”

The offense and scoring has been sparked this season by Fry, a Milford High School graduate who is leading the team with an amazing .557 batting average and 34 hits with 31 RBI and five home runs. She’s also provided tough defense for the team as the starting shortstop.

“Normally I go up there just to get a base hit,” Fry said. “Usually there’s someone on base, so my goal is to move them and score.”

Fellow freshman McGee, an Indian River High School graduate, is also helping move baserunners into scoring position, and scoring herself. McGee has an impressive .452 batting average with 19 hits and 28 RBI. She also plays the extremely important position of first base, where she said she’s involved in almost every single play while the team is on defense.

Delaware Technical Community College softball players Brooke Stoeckel, a Sussex Central High School graduate; Madison McGee, an Indian River High School graduate; Megan Fry, a Milford High School graduate; and (kneeling) Elisha Marks, a Sussex Tech High School graduate (Special to the Sussex Post).

And playing an equally important role on the field is Stoeckel, an All-Region XIX player and All-Academic American honoree who graduated from Sussex Central High School. Stoeckel plays centerfield, and is batting .338 with 24 hits and 24 RBI.

“These four are really our heart and soul right now,” head coach Guy Wilkins said. “We’ve had a lot of other girls step up as well, but these four have really been something.”

As the 2018 season winds down, Wilkins said the impact Marks and Stoeckel have made on the team will be tough to replace. Marks helps set the tone and takes charge, and both have been model student-athletes.

But Fry and McGee will definitely be looked upon to be leaders for the team next season when they return for their sophomore season.

“Maddie has a lot of speed for a freshman,” Wilkins said. “She plays first base really well, and her and Megan run the bases really well.

“Megan’s hitting has been everything I dreamed of. She has always been able to hit and she’s a very good athlete.”

The 2018 season has had highs and lows for the team, but with an 11-11 record as of April 18, Delaware Tech is still in the running for a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Tournament.

“This team has a lot of special people on it,” Wilkins said. “This is a real special group, and it’s because of their drive.”

For more information on Delaware Tech Athletics, visit dtcc.edu/athletics or follow dtccathletics on Instagram.

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