, Newburyport, MA

April 2, 2013

Softball capsules

Newburyport Daily News

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Coach: Lori Solazzo (2nd year)

Last year’s record: 13-10

Key returning players: Lea Tomasz, Sr., Kendra Dow, Sr., Casey Barlow, Sr., Ashley Casellini, Sr., Catherine Casellini, Sr., Sarah Downey, Sr., Jackie Krusemark, Sr., Victoria Allman, Jr., Carley Siemasko, So., Lauren Singer, So.

Newcomers: Molly Stanton, Jr., Shelby O’Brien, So., Meghan Stanton, So., Lauren Bean, So., Ashley Hodge, So.

Strengths: Hitting.

Concerns: Defense and communication.

Coach’s outlook: “We lost our two starting pitchers last year, but Victoria Allman and Carley Siemasko are working hard to fill those positions and strengthen our defense. We have grown in some areas since last year, but moving forward it’s going to be about how well the girls come together and work as a team to back each other up. At the end of the day, it’s all about who can make the plays and hit the ball.”

First game: April 3 vs. North Andover


Coach: Jim Hounam (27th year)

Last year’s record: 4-14

Key returning players: Rose Gaffin, Jr., Brittany Gallant, So., Kylie Gilroy, Jr., Peyton Hunt, Jr., Cara Orlandi, So., Casey Ross, Jr., Ashley Shute, So., Cori Simons, Sr., Shannen Sinton, Sr., Mara Spears, Jr., Kelsey Trudel, Sr.

Strengths: Experience.

Concerns: Adequate preseason time.

Coach’s outlook: “We’ll look to be able to be competitive in every game.”

First game: April 10 vs. Amesbury


Coach: Danielle Mason (3rd year)

Last year’s record: 5-15

Key returning players: Angelica Arredondo, Sr., Megan Haley, Sr., Madison Newton, Sr., Mary Kate Corrado, Jr., Sydney Snow, Jr., Carley Desjardins, Jr., Sydney Snow, Jr., Tyler Feeney, So., Kassidy Kennefick, So.

Newcomers: Emmy Desjardins, Fr., Nikki O’Rourke, Fr., Allison Knowles, Jr., Amy McDonnell, Jr., Kali Sullivan, Sr.

Strengths: Versatility.

Concerns: Defense.

Coach’s outlook: “Our program has grown so much in the past three years, and I’m excited to see things coming together. Our younger players are excited to be here, and our returners have the drive to get back into the state tournament. With continued hard work and buy-in, we will be there.”

First game: April 5 vs. North Andover


Coach: Chris Perry (28th year)

Last year’s record: 17-5

Key returning players: Cassie Schultz, Sr., Carolina Merrill, Sr., Janine Fatal, Sr., Erin Leary, Sr., Sarah McCullough, Sr., Amanda Schell, Jr., Alexis Boswell, Jr., Rachel Cyr, Jr., Jenna Bartley, Jr., Lucy Scholz, Jr., Autumn Kligerman, So., Mckenzie Cloutier, So.

Newcomers: Ashley Valme, Sr., Lauren Fedorchak, Fr., Samantha Stone, Fr.

Strengths: Experience, senior leadership.

Concerns: Being ready when the season begins.

Coach’s outlook: “The season is coming fast. Our goal is to play hard every time out and take the season one game at a time.”

First game: April 10 at Triton