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April 9, 2014

GAME ON

Local softball teams look for continued success this spring

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“We have a group of girls that work well together,” Solazzo said. “We made it to the second round of the state tournament last year, so our goal is to get at least that far this year.”

While next year’s senior depth may raise some eyebrows this year, Port will aim to get back to its winning ways and make 2014 special this afternoon at Masconomet at 3:45 p.m.

Amesbury

The Indians are also a team that has grown accustomed to winning and qualifying for the postseason. While this year’s inexperienced team may create early offensive woes, its strengths should propel it toward another winning season.

Its season set to set sail this afternoon at Georgetown at 3:45 p.m., Amesbury looks to get off to a strong start in what could be a difficult opening week. The Indians’ first three games will come on the road against Georgetown, Lynnfield and Newburyport, while the home-opener won’t be until April 16 against Rockport.

“The team is working hard and concentrating on defense,” said Amesbury head coach Chris Perry. “There are many strong teams in the league, so we will be taking it one game at a time. We are looking for daily improvement.”

With many new players, steady improvement will be a necessity for success as the spring progresses. New to the club this season are Megan Aponas, Zoe Fitzgerald, Samantha Stone, Megan Reid, Maddie Napoli, Ally Wilson and Skyla Lynch, and they will look to follow in the footsteps of Amesbury’s more experienced players.

The Indians’ returning starters consist of senior catcher Amanda Schell, senior outfielder Alexis Boswell, senior pitcher Rachel Cyr, senior outfielder Lucy Sholz, third baseman Autumn Kligerman and second baseman Lauren Fedorchak.

Though largely inexperienced at the varsity level, Amesbury is pleased with the leadership its seniors have already shown in a young season. In fact, Perry would list the leadership exhibited by Schell, Boswell, Cyr and Sholz as his team’s strength heading forward.

While it will take a lot to match last year’s 18-2 season that concluded in the semifinals of the state tournament with an 8-2 loss to the championship Burlington team, it’s a good benchmark to shoot for.

And while Perry believes the league has grown more competitive in the off-season, his Indians will have an 11-1 victory over Newburyport in last year’s quarterfinals round to hang its hat on.

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