After six years as the head softball coach at Ramona High School, Mike Schuler has resigned, but he will remain active in the Bulldog football program.
“It just was the right time to step down,” Schuler said.
He was assistant softball coach for two years before taking the helm as head coach. Many of the Bulldogs Schuler coached either are or will be college players.
Last season seven former Lady Bulldogs played college softball. All but one have eligibility remaining.
Two members of the 2010 Lady Bulldog squad have decided to play in college. Tory Roberts will move on to Princeton next year and Courtney Fick will attend Southern Utah.
Several players who will return to the Lady Bulldog roster next season will also go to play college softball. Among graduates of Schuler’s Bulldog softball program:
•Dana Roberts completed her collegiate career at Harvard University, graduating with an economics degree. Her stellar career was ended by an arm injury that required surgery after her sophomore year. In 2005 she tied a Harvard single season record with four saves. She earned All Ivy League honors in 2008 as a sophomore and led the team with a 2.21 ERA.
She attempted a comeback her junior year but dropped from 20 appearances as a soph to nine as a junior. She went into her senior season tied for second place with six saves in the Harvard record book, in fifth place in career batting average against and ninth with only 1.72 walks per nine innings pitched with a 2.41 ERA. But she could not bounce back from her injury. She remained on the team and went through the workouts, practices but didn’t play in the games. She assisted the pitching coaching staff.
•Shawna Barrow transferred from Palomar College to Abilene Christian University in the Lone Star Conference in Texas. The junior infielder hit .375. She led the team in runs scored, hits, total bases, stolen bases (45), total appearances, games started and at bats. She ripped eight doubles, four triples and two home runs and had a .932 fielding percentage, earning all Lone Star Conference.
•Alicia Ingram and Shanti Poston were key players in Can Stat-San Marcos’ most successful season. The Cougars posted a 45-15 record, won the Association of Independent Institutions Conference and were ranked fifth nationally. They advanced to the NAIA championships.
Ingram, a sophomore outfielder, hit .314 in 52 games. She had six doubles, a triple, 12 RBIs, stole 12 bases and had a .940 fielding percentage.
Poston, a junior infielder, hit .275 in 51 games. She had six doubles and 27 RBIs. She stole three bases and had a .906 fielding percentage.
•Stephanie Kiesel played in three games at Providence College in R.I. in her first year of college.
•Teresa Houle and Kristen Tenwolde played for Palomar College. They helped lead the Comets to a 20-11 record and to a berth in the playoffs.
Houle was named first team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference at first base. She hit 13 home runs. Tenwolde went 8-1 as a pitcher and was also named to the first team PCAC.