County Players on SCCC Roster
By Ted Waddell
LOCH SHELDRAKE March 28, 2000 -- Chris DePew, first-year coach of
Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) womens
softball team, has a hard road ahead of him.
DePew inherited a team that has won only three games in
the last several years. Last season, the Lady
Generals softball team won two, none in 1998 and
recorded a solo win in 1997. Before that, its
During the 1999 season, a lot of their games never made
it to the seventh inning, because of the 10-run mercy
We would score runs, but we just couldnt keep
the other teams off the bases and scoring a lot
more, recalled DePew. The main goal of the
program this year is to turn some attention to it,
because its been neglected for so long.
Softball-wise, I think I can build this program to the
level of [where] the mens basketball program is
currently. And thats very successful.
Twelve players comprise the team, six who recently
graduated from area high schools, and an equal number
from out of the area. Lacy Dalrymple, Barbara Dertinger,
Amanda Weickum and Jessica Wright are locals
are from Livingston Manor, Lori Brown and Heather Winderl
graduated from Tri-Valley.
The team is scheduled to play 11 double headers this
season. DePew said he considers Orange County Community
College (OCCC), ranked third in the nation last year, to
be the toughest opponent.
I believe that for the first time in several years,
Sullivan will put a competitive team on the field this
year, said DePew. We have three strong
returning players and weve added a good mix of
freshmen to compliment them.
From what I have observed at this level thus far,
pitching is the name of the game, he added.
Fortunately for us, we have a pretty good one.
Jessica Wright will keep us in games and we will score
some runs, but it is how we hold up defensively that will
be the key.
The team is focused and working very hard, and I am
optimistic about qualifying for the Region XV
Tournament, said DePew. I dont think we
can compete with Orange, Ulster and a couple other elite
teams in the region, but we should win some games.
DePew served as assistant softball coach to Jack Mager
last season, and was appointed to the position of
professor of sports management/coach on August 25, 1999.
He came to SCCC last year as director of athletic
facilities recreation equipment and assistant AD. DePew
also serves as assistant coach of the SCCC Generals
mens basketball team.
DePew was raised in Kerhonkson, and graduated from
Rondout Valley HS in 1986. He played basketball and
baseball at Ulster Community College for two years before
transferring to Cortland State, where in 1991 he received
a degree in recreation education.
For nine years prior to coming to SCCC, DePew coached
track and field and cross country teams at Rondout
He has played on several fast-pitch softball teams over
the past 12 years, including back-to-back state
championship recreation league teams in 1997 and
A Closer Look
*Lori Brown: Sophomore tri-captain, Tri-Valley CS.
Honorable Mention Mid-Hudson Conference pick last year,
when she batted .398 with 14 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Will play second and third base. With an above
average bat and glove, she will bat second for the Lady
*Lacy Dalrymple: Freshman, Livingston Manor CS. Will see
time at second and third base, and is slated to bat
second or fifth. She is a great talent with a good
arm, glove and bat. I expect big things from Lacy.
*Joliette Davis: Freshman, Lincoln HS. Joliette is
just learning the game and will see some time at first
base and in the outfield. She is working hard and getting
better each day.
*Barbara Dertinger: Sophomore tri-captain, Livingston
Manor CS. Slated to anchor the shortstop spot for the
second year, clean-up hitter, listed by the NJCAA
Softball Guide as one of the top 60 returning Division
III players in the nation. She will be the heart
and soul of this team, and I will depend on Barbara to
lead the team
an outstanding glove and arm.
*Lucy Lopez: Freshman, George Washington HS. Will
be used mainly as a utility infielder/outfielder,
designated/pinch hitter, and will vie for the ninth
starting spot. With a good arm and a decent glove,
Lucys strength lies with her bat.
*Lorraine Fernandez: Freshman, Dewitt Clinton HS.
Although she has never played competitive softball,
Fernandez will guard the plate as catcher. She is a
quick learner with an above average arm
improve steadily as the season progresses.
*Janelle Herrera: Freshman, Health Opportunities. Will
start the season at first base and see some time in the
outfield. Janelle has a decent arm and a good
glove, but her strong point is her bat. I look for big
things from her in the fifth spot in the batting
*Betty Pimentel: Freshman, Dewitt Clinton HS. Scheduled
to see time on the mound and in the outfield.
Though just learning to pitch, she has shown good
improvement since we started practicing. A good batter,
Betty will see time as a DH this year.
*Mirlene Rosario: Freshman, George Washington HS. With a
decent bat and arm, will start somewhere between the
seventh-ninth slot in the batting order. She has
shown tremendous improvement since the first day of
practice and will vie for the remaining starting spot in
*Amanda Weickum: Freshman, Livingston Manor CS. Starter
on last years Western Sullivan League (WSL)
championship team, the Lady Wildcats. Will be the leadoff
batter. With excellent speed, an above average bat
and a decent arm, she will start in either left or right
field, and will also see some time at second.
*Heather Winderl: Sophomore tri-captain, Tri-Valley CS.
Last year, she batted .400 with a homer, 17 RBI, and 14
stolen bases. Listed in the NJCAA Softball Guide as one
of the top 60 returning JUCO Division III players in the
nation. Will bat third. I expect her experience and
leadership to carry us
will be our field general in
has all the tools with an excellent
glove, bat and arm.
*Jessica Wright: Freshman, Livingston Manor CS. The
left-handed pitcher was picked as the WSLs MVP last
season. Scheduled to bat seventh or eighth. She is
a great talent for this level, and we are lucky to have
her. Just having her on the mound is going to win some
games for us this year.