Softball: Lady Hubs return under new leadership

Jacobs excited for first season as Rochelle head coach

Russell Hodges
Posted 3/16/22

The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team will return to the diamond this season under new leadership as head coach Deanna Jacobs prepares for her first year at the helm. Jacobs takes over for Lindsay Suess, who had served as head coach of the Lady Hubs since 2016.

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Softball: Lady Hubs return under new leadership

Jacobs excited for first season as Rochelle head coach

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ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team will return to the diamond this season under new leadership as head coach Deanna Jacobs prepares for her first year at the helm. Jacobs takes over for Lindsay Suess, who had served as head coach of the Lady Hubs since 2016.

Rochelle will look to improve on a 6-11 overall record and a 3-10 finish in the Interstate 8 Conference during the summer season this past year. The Lady Hubs will tee off the 2022 season with a road matchup against Belvidere North on Friday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m.

“We’ve already seen a lot of improvement from the girls over our first couple of weeks,” Jacobs said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what our girls will bring to the table and I’m excited to begin putting that puzzle together. We’re looking to continue building our skills and we’re looking forward to improving and bringing our best effort during every game this season.”

The Lady Hubs will return multiple senior starters including infielders Jordin Dickey, MeLisa Young and Ashley Knight. Junior Morgan Smardo returns after earning All-Conference First Team honors last season, while freshman Lauren Dyer could emerge as a significant contributor on the pitcher’s mound. Junior outfielder Addie Friestad and sophomore catcher Ella Alfano are two more varsity returners from last season. Rochelle will play a 14-game conference schedule.

“I think we have some pretty solid pitchers this year which will be really nice because it’s tough to make up the rest of the lineup when we don’t have solid pitching,” Jacobs said. “I think we have some solid bats as well and I can tell already that our girls have put in a lot of time over the offseason to work on their hitting and make the little tweaks to put the ball in play.”

The 14-game conference schedule will include one home game and one away game against each of the seven other Interstate 8 schools. Rochelle will also play 14 nonconference games.