The softball freshman class features six players from Maine (4) and Massachusetts (2) and brings a wealth of flexibility to the Monks' roster, as nearly every newcomer is capable of playing multiple positions.
Under the watch of Smyth and Bailey last spring the softball team went 20-19 overall with a 15-9 record in conference play en route to securing the #4 seed in the GNAC Tournament. The Monks opened with a 7-3 win over Albertus Magnus College but bowed out of tourney contention with losses to top-seeded Suffolk University and #3 Simmons College.
Both coaches reached lofty milestones during the 2018 campaign, as Bailey – who will be in his 19th season with the Monks next spring – reached the 600-victory mark when St. Joe's defeated Albertus Magnus College, 9-1, on April 29th, 2018.
Smyth, who just completed his 21st season at the helm for the Monks, finished the 2018 campaign with a 514-331 (.608) career record is the winningest coach in SJC Softball history. Smyth is just the fourth skipper in the 48-year history of Saint Joseph's College Athletics to record 500 career wins and joins baseball Head Coach Will Sanborn '86 (705), women's basketball Head Coach Mike McDevitt '83 (603), and former men's basketball Head Coach Rick Simonds (504) on the exclusive 500-victory list.
"Every year we look forward to adding new players to our roster from the incoming recruiting class," adds Coach Smyth. "This year we are confident we have a great group of talented, high character young ladies and look forward to the energy and enthusiasm they will bring to our team."
SOFTBALL CLASS OF 2022
Why Saint Joseph's? Offered what I wanted to study and had a strong athletics program
High School: Played soccer, basketball, and softball at Madison Area Memorial High School… In softball, collected Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior with a State Championship her sophomore season…in soccer garnered All-State, Regional All-Star, MVC Player of the Year, and Morning Sentinel Player of the Year honors as a senior…Collected First Team All-Conference honors her junior year, Second Team as a sophomore, and Honorable Mention as a freshman…Helped lead her team to a Regional Championship and a runner-up finish in the State Championship game as a senior…In basketball, earned All-Conference Honorable Mention acclaim her sophomore, junior, and senior years and selected as a member of the MVC Senior All-Star Team as a senior…Academically, Emery is a member of the National Honors Society and Business League, served as a Senior Mentor, and listed on the Honor Roll…Plays club soccer for Seacoast United.
Community Service: Worked community service day for the Little Wanderers for five years and volunteered for Pi-Day at the junior high school as a junior…Worked soccer, basketball, and softball clinics all four years and served as a graduation usher her sophomore and junior years.
Personal: Ashley Elizabeth Emery, daughter of Troy and Kelly Emery…Sister to Garrett and Tristan Emery.
Why Saint Joseph's? I absolutely love the campus and how the class sizes are small so I will be able to get to know and have that one on one time with my professors. When I first visited the campus I loved how it felt like home.
High School: Played softball, basketball, and soccer at Gorham High School…three-year SMAA Honorable Mention in softball…two-year Regional Champions for soccer and one year Regional Champion in basketball and State Champions in basketball…was mentioned in the top 10 players to watch sophomore year and that season only allowed one passed ball while catching every game…claimed high honors and honor roll.
Community Service: 40+ hours of community service helping with basketball and softball clinics and also running events for Dream Factory.
Personal: Shayla Faye Harris, daughter of Heidi and Charles Wallace…sister to Dylan Stinchfield, Micheal Wallace, and Mitchell Wallace.
Why Saint Joseph's? Loved the campus and schooling/sports
High School: Played soccer, basketball, and softball……four-year varsity player for basketball and softball…earned "The Better Neighbor Award"-VMA's…softball state champion in 2017 and 2018…appeared in westerns in 2016…honor roll student…club teams played for softball include Southern Maine Flame for eight years and Thunder for two years
Community Service: Participated In shoe drives, diabetes walks/bikes, Partners for World Health, and Call to Congress (diabetes).
Personal: Emily Rose Jefferds, daughter of Mike and Colleen Jefferds…sister to Connor, Liam, and Gabe.
Why Saint Joseph's? Location and softball.
High school: was a four year starter in field hockey, swimming, track, and softball…numerous awards from all three sports…appeared in a state championship for field hockey…best batting average was .518 and selected as First Team All-Conference as a shortstop…played for Maine Thunder for five years and Worcester Hawks for one year…claimed honor roll all four years, National Honor Society for three years and was the National Art Honors Society president for three years.
Community Service: Helped with PeWee field hockey…20+ hours for National Honor Society…70+ hours for the National Art Honors Society.
Personal: Camryn Ann LaPierre, daughter of Gary and Shawna LaPierre…sister to Allyson LaPierre.
Why Saint Joseph's? I liked the small community and it has my major which is a huge plus.
High school: Played softball and volleyball at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School…2018 Sun Chronicle All-Star…appeared in the South Coast Conference Championship twice…batted .380 last season…played club for New England Phoenix Gold.
Community Service: Participated in a bottle drive and Pride clam boil.
Personal: Bailey Lyn Rassol…daughter of Kim and Jeff
Why Saint Joseph's College? The campus is beautiful, on top of that I really enjoyed everyone there and how welcomed they make you feel. I love that I feel I will really be a part of the community and be able to find myself there.
High School: Played softball, volleyball, basketball and field hockey at Holy Name Central Catholic High School…was on honor roll and in the National Honor Society.
Community Service: Volunteered at Camp Sunshine, worked at homeless shelters and provided sports equipment for little children who couldn't afford it.
Personal: Hayley Lynn Tighe, daughter of Lynn and Michael Tighe…sister to Alexa Tighe.