Rappahannock Community College’s Women’s Fast Pitch Softball team, the Gulls, have begun their thirteenth season, with a double-header on Saturday, March 3 against Maryland’s Montgomery College. After the first action this year, Coach Reggie Brann shared some of his thoughts for this season and the games against the Raptors.
“Over the years, we’ve played a lot of teams,” says Brann. “Club teams, community college teams both in state and out of state, even four-year Division II and III institutions.”
As for this year’s games, he says, “We’re set to play the club teams from U.Va. and VCU, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) home and away, also a first-time date with Southside Virginia Community College.”
Though RCC may be a small community college, the softball team will “play against larger schools — like U.Va., VCU, and NOVA, schools with a lot more students than we have,” Brann added. “Our team could still use some more players, so if anyone has the slightest interest in playing, please reach out to us.”
As for the team, Brann says, “The talent is here at the school. This area has had a lot of talented high school athletes. We simply need the talent to play past high school and at RCC and take advantage of the benefits of an education at RCC.
“I cannot stress the latter enough, as my daughter went to a four-year school for a year, came back home to RCC, getting her associate degree, then onto UNC-Chapel Hill to secure her bachelor of science in dental hygiene. That is an RCC success story and without Kathryn Brann Scott, Maria Passagaluppi Hutt, or Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther, there would not be softball at RCC.”
While playing the game may not be for everyone, all are invited to watch the team
play. “All the games are free, and every once in a while, during the season, Squall the Seagull comes out and makes an appearance.”
Squall was present to cheer on the Gulls against Montgomery College (MC) as the ladies of RCC lost 9-1 in game one, but topped MC 18-10 in the second game. “The girls played better than they or I thought they would, we had not seen a live pitcher,” says Brann. “Some of them met each other for the first time on game day, and we played on one of the windiest days ever.”
Players are wanted and needed, and fans are always encouraged to attend. All home games take place at RCC’s Warsaw campus on the Elizabeth Hinton Crowther Field. For more information about the team and their 2018 schedule, visit http://www.rappahannock.edu/softball. The next home date is Sunday, March 18 against the U.Va. club team.