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Local Roundup: Doepking Taking Reins With Dartmouth Softball

Hanover — Dartmouth College, having once tapped the New England Small College Athletic Conference for an athletic director, did it again on Monday to hire Shannon Doepking as the school’s new softball coach.

A four-year standout catcher at Tennessee, the 28-year-old Doepking joins the Big Green after guiding Amherst College to 21 victories in her only season there.

Dartmouth AD Harry Sheehy — who came north from Williams College nearly five years ago — made the announcement in a news release on Monday.

“I am thrilled to welcome Shannon to the Dartmouth athletics department family,” commented Sheehy. “She brings great passion to the position along with a terrific background as a player and coach. She will work tirelessly to maintain and improve the program.”

Doepking replaces Rachel Hanson, who took the same position at Stanford in July. Prior to her tenure at Amherst, Doepking was an assistant coach at Stony Brook and Fairleigh Dickinson after enjoying a five-year professional career in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league.

Stony Brook reached the NCAA tournament with Doepking as an assistant coach in 2003. The Seawolves reeled off four consecutive victories in the America East tournament after an opening loss to make nationals.

Doepking takes over a Dartmouth team that advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history last season. The Big Green is expected to return the bulk of its roster in 2015, including Ivy League player of the year Morgan McCalmon and pitcher of the year Kristen Rumley.

Youth Baseball

Hartford Ripken Stalled

Skohegan, Maine — The Hartford U11 Cal Ripken baseball team saw its third game at the New England regional tournament, a contest with Andy Valley, Maine, suspended by rain at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The two teams will resume play this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Hartford is 1-1 thus far, having lost to Marlborough, Mass., on Saturday before a 5-1 defeat of Oxford, Conn., on Sunday.