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Leading the way

Molly Ryan, 20,  began her second season at  City College by being named Northern California Community College Player of the Week for California Community College Fastpitch Softball during the first week of school.

I was shocked,” Ryan said. “I didn’t even know they did that kind of stuff.”

Last year, the Big 8 Conference also recognized Ryan for her work during the 2012 season, placing her on the all-conference second team with a .458 batting average during 96 at bats. This year, a .457 average has Ryan ranked second in the Big 8 as of April 6.

Still, Ryan says, she’s always striving to improve.

“I think I’m still trying to get to where I was last year…back in the rhythm of things,” says Ryan, undeclared major.

Offense isn’t Ryan’s only strength. Even as she adjusts to a position change that’s placed her in the outfield, the team’s coach says Ryan’s delivered a solid performance with a .941 fielding percentage.

“This is her first year in the outfield,” explains Tim Kiernan, head softball coach.“She’s played first [base]…second [base]…[designated hitter] …shortstop last year when we had two shortstops go down with injuries.”

Ryan admits that playing in left field is “a little boring” compared to playing in the infield. But, she adds, she knows that “it’s where I need to be for the team.”
Kiernan says he knows that the right-handed batter works hard to contribute to the team no matter where she plays.

“She’s a good athlete,” Kiernan says.“[She] leads by example.”
Teammate Nikki Miles agrees that Ryan is a major factor in the team’s success, “She energizes…and inspires us to try to reach her level,” says Miles, 18,undeclared major.

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“It’s awesome!” says Ryan. “We have lots of talent on the team this year. It’s not just any one person—we all contribute in every game.”

Ryan says the sport has been central to her life for as long as she can remember.

“I have two older sisters so I was always on the softball field,” Ryan says.

Her family, which relocated to Sacramento from San Francisco, also helped to foster a love of baseball in Ryan.

“We’re die-hard Giants fans,” she grins, wearing a team sweatshirt as proof of her point.

Ryan also played varsity softball at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills for four years. During that time she won four section titles including one on the same day she graduated. Ryan laughs at the memory of having to rush home to shower.

“We missed graduation practice—nobody was sure where we were supposed to be,” says Ryan.

Ryan says she is interested in being a teacher. Her plans include attending a four-year college and playing softball—she’s just not sure where.

Kiernan says he’s confident she will go on to good things.

“She’ll have places to go, have opportunities,” says Kiernan.

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