CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS Softball Class of 2020 was striving for its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after hosting a regional last year, but the dream was cut short by the suspension of spring sports. Instead of the traditional Senior Day celebration at the final regular season home game, we paid tribute to the two CMS seniors via video.
Watch the video below:
The Class of 2020 had a four-year record of 94-57, helping to build the program up from a 22-20 season as first-years into two straight 30-win seasons as sophomores and juniors. The Athenas won the 2018 SCIAC Tournament Championship with a 2-0 victory over La Verne and then won the 2019 regular season title with a 24-4 record, matching the program record for conference wins in a season. CMS led the SCIAC wire-to-wire last year after an 18-0 start and was off to a 4-2 record in league play this year by winning the first two league series over Chapman and Whittier before the season was cut short.
The two members of the CMS Softball Class of 2020 are:
#9 Savannah Green (C, Saratoga, Calif. - Claremont McKenna, economics and international relations)
Green has been a regular part of the CMS catching platoon her entire four-year career. Her work behind the plate has been vital working with pitchers Anna Gurr, who earned the SCIAC Pitcher of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018, and Lauren Richards, who was the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in 2019 after a 15-1 conference record. She played in 83 games over her four seasons, tallying a .975 fielding percentage and recording only two passed balls over her last seasons combined. This season, she had doubles against nationally ranked Linfield and Mary Hardin-Baylor, while she also had a hit against Linfield in the NCAA Regionals last spring.
#11 Kylie Hetzel (2B, San Diego, Calif. - Harvey Mudd, computer science and mathematics)
Hetzel appeared in 103 games in her four-year CMS career, primarily as a defensive anchor in the infield at second base. She finished off her senior season with a flourish at the plate, hitting 4-for-10 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, including 2-for-4 in an 8-7 win over Emory & Henry, 1-for-2 with an RBI in a five-run sixth inning in a 6-4 comeback win over Babson, and 1-for-2 in a close 3-2 loss to nationally ranked Central. As a first-year she had three RBI in a 5-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer and drove in the game's only run with a fifth-inning RBI single in a 1-0 win over Occidental.