New coach energizes young softball squad
Published 6:28 pm, Monday, April 9, 2012
The Staples softball team comes into the 2012 season with basically a whole new squad.
Staples graduated a strong group of seniors and will especially miss center fielder Caitlin Kane and shortstop Alex Masiello. The Lady Wreckers will also miss first baseman, Catherine Lomanto, catcher Sabrina Friend, pitcher Emma Axthelm and outfielder Alexa Senia.
This year's starters have some big shoes to fill. Not only does the team have a new group of players, but they are also assimilating in with a brand new coaching staff, led by Sara Holland.
"In all honesty, Coach Holland is way overqualified to be our coach." senior captain Shelby Schulman said. "She knows the ins and outs of the game and shares that knowledge with us. We are constantly being coached in a constructive and helpful way that allows us to play up to our full potential."
Even though it is Holland's first year as the head coach at Staples, she is still a familiar face among all the girls.
"She has always been a part of the program," Schulman said. "The girls know her from clinics and other softball oriented Little League events that they have been to throughout their playing years."
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Staples finished the 2011 regular season with an 11-8 record, 11-9 overall.
According to Schulman, the team may have lost a ton of seniors but the 2012 squad is extremely athletic and has the potential to be better.
The Lady Wreckers are bringing forward a young starting lineup that is led by junior pitchers Nikki Bukovsky and Morgan DiDonato, along with senior pitcher Charlotte Axthelm. Bukovsky starts at shortstop when she doesn't pitch.
The Lady Wreckers have the potential to do well in future seasons because of some of their younger players. Sophomore Crissy McCarthy starts in center field and standout freshman Olivia Wiener is a strong infielder.
"We have high expectations for the season," said Schulman. "Our pitching will be the key to our success."