After overwhelming success in both softball and basketball at Cooperstown Central School, Nicole Cring is proving she is ready for college softball.
As a freshmen pitcher for Springfield College in Massachusetts, Cring posted a 3-0 record and an ERA of 4.12.
“I’m feeling comfortable,” said Cring. “Every team works differently, so it takes some getting used to, but it has all been falling into place.”
The 2013 Daily Star softball Player of the Year, Cring amassed quite the list of achievements in her high school career. She finished 2013 with 20 wins, 232 strikeouts, and a .062 earned run average. All three were single season school records. Her career ERA of 1.24 is a school record as well. She also led Cooperstown to the Center State Conference title in 2013 with a perfect 18-0 regular-season record.
This season, Cring is showing that she has every intention to keep improving her game and working to develop into a successful college pitcher.
“She’s a work horse,” said Springfield head softball coach Julie Perrelli. “She really wants to get it right and she works for it every day.”
“I was pleasantly surprised at how composed she was and how well she did in her first game down in Florida. You never know how a freshmen is going to respond in a game and she responded very well,” Perrelli continued.
Along with her composure, Perrelli listed Cring’s stature and tremendous amount of potential as things that really drew her attention in the pre-season.
Cring pitched four innings her first outing and got the win in Florida, helping Springfield defeat Bethany College 15-2, on March 21.
Along with her steadfast work ethic and determination as an athlete, Cring’s ability to adapt and learn may be what stands out the most as she works to fit into a new system and develop her pitching mechanics further.