Pirates softball excited about tourney

Published 6:22 am Friday, February 15, 2008

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
GREENVILLE — Erin St. Ledger, Jessica Johnson and the rest of the East Carolina softball team looked to be in mid-season form during Thursday’s batting practice.
The players will hope it carries over into this weekend’s Pirate Invitational, the first of three straight home tournaments for the Pirates.
The Pirates (4-2) will play Boston College at 2 p.m. today, followed by a 4 p.m. game against Maine. ECU will take on Ohio at noon on Saturday. Sunday’s opponents and game times will be determined by how the first two days of the tournament go.
The Pirates are the only one of the four teams to have game experience this season. Boston College, Maine and Ohio will be playing for the first time during the weekend tournament.
St. Ledger, who is hitting .375, banged two home runs en route to being named to the all-tournament team at last weekend’s season-opening series at the University of North Carolina.
During the tournament, ECU coach Tracey Kee picked up her 500th career victory.
St. Ledger said she was happy to be a part of the big victory.
Kee was more proud of her team’s four wins during the tournament.
The pitching staff will look to do that against three quality teams this weekend.
Johnson, who finished with 17 homers, 53 RBIs and a .359 batting average last year, is hoping to help lead Kee and her teammates to several more wins this year.