2016 h. s. softball preview capsules – sports – the bulletin – norwich, ct

ECC LARGE Bacon Academy Coach/year: Anna Dipierro/20th Record last year: 3-16, 0-10 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. C Megan Marvin; Sr. IF Cecilia Dell; Jr. P Cassidy Tellar; Jr. P/OF Gabby Blanchard; Jr. IF Kelly Ann Kessler. Top newcomers: Sr. P/OF Mikayla Labbe; Sr. OF Colleen Anderson; So. Addey Lepage. Outlook: Bacon Academy is looking to improve on last season’s record and stay competitive in the ECC Large. With five starters returning and a couple of new seniors joining the team,


the Bobcats are primed for a bounce-back season. East Lyme Coach/year: Judy Deeb/45th Record last year: 15-8, 7-3 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. C/OF Haley Birch; Sr. 1B Hannah Lebeau; Sr. 2B Alexis Bell; Sr. SS Kaylee Crosby; Sr. 3B Alex Marsh; Jr. OF Sage Dubreuil; So. OF Nicole Brown; So. C/OF Alexandra Chambers.

Top newcomers: Jr. IF/OF Mya Robinson; So. P Haelee McGinty; Fr. P Isabel Siciliano; Fr. UT Caitlin Stevens. Outlook: East Lyme returns eight starters, six of which are seniors, and expectations are high for another successful campaign in a competitive ECC Large. Crosby, the senior shortstop earned All-ECC and All-State honors for the Vikings last season. Fitch Coach/year: Arielle Cooper/1st Record last year: 25-1, 10-0 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. P-1B Caroline Taber; Sr. OF Nalissa Amar; Jr. C Taylor Wolfgang; Jr. 1B-P Jayden Delaporta; Jr. OF Cassie Woods; Jr. 3B Rylee MacMillan; Jr. IF Jonell Hobert; Jr. OF Susana Mehwa. Top newcomers: Sr. Mackenzie Aldridge; Jr. Nicole Vignato; Fr. Casey Flax; Fr. Allison Georgetti; Fr. Olivia Travers; Fr. Angelina Doak; Fr. Olivia Carney. Outlook: It’s not often you can replace one state championship-winning coach with another, but that’s exactly what the Falcons will do. Cooper, who guided Fitch to the 2014 Class L crown while Kate Prpich was on maternity leave, takes over full-time for Prpich, who stepped down. The Falcons, who suffered their only loss of the season in last year’s Class L title game, are loaded.

Led by Taber, the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, Fitch should once again be the team to beat. Fitch will have to find a shortstop and leadoff hitter to replace Jackie Lewis, who is playing at ECSU. Ledyard Coach/year: Brittany (Connors) Robinson/2nd Record last year: 10-11, 3-7 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. P Chloe Hespeler; Sr. OF Hannah Terrapin; Sr. OF Olivia Satti; Sr. Dani Tynan; Sr. Jessica Hazzler; Jr. Larissa Topalis; So. 2B Madison Sanborn. Top newcomers: Jr. Corinne Diaz; Jr. Corrynne Medina; Jr. Riley Pratt; Jr. Isabelle Wells; So. Bella Langlois; So. Elsyana Morales; So. Meghann Coers. Page 2 of 7 – Outlook: Despite a tough schedule, Ledyard has a positive outlook for the season. According to Robinson, the roster is full of hard-working players ready to fight for a spot and earn wins.

The Colonels expect to find the right mix behind the senior in the circle, Hespeler, as the season progresses. NFA Coach/year: Bryan Burdick/8th Record last year: 18-6, 6-4 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. C/1B Alexa DeVito; Jr. P/OF Beth Fleming; Jr. UT Brittany Clark; Jr. 3B Kayla Tosses; So. SS/C Shea Gendron. Top newcomers: Fr. IF Sara Cote; Fr. P Bailey Comeau; Fr. OF/UT Hailee Schrader. Outlook: Despite several graduations over the past couple seasons, including seven from last year, NFA still has a core of experienced players to lead them into the upcoming season. Fleming will provide stability in the circle, buoyed by the steady glove of Tosses in the hot corner. Clark and Gendron should provide a spark on offense and DeVito’s leadership should keep the Wildcats in contention in the ECC Large and Class LL. Woodstock Academy Coach/year: Jason Gerum/5th Record last year: 10-11, 4-6 ECC Large Top returners: Sr. P-IF Rylee Hehir; Sr. P-IF Angela Caponi; Sr. OF-C Alexa Pearson; Sr. IF Caroline Loftus; Sr. OF-SS Courtney Trahan; Jr. 1B Jordyn Staveski; Jr. OF-C Clara Sarantopoulos; Jr. UT Mackenzie Stewart; So. C Heidi Lotter; So. OF Naomi Rivard; So. UT Hannah Reynolds; So. 3B Haley Armstrong; So. IF Cassidy Hoyt. Outlook: The Centaurs didn’t lose much from last year, returning six starters and four other significant contributors.

Hehir, Caponi, Pearson and Trahan are all four-year starters. The team’s success hinges on Hehir and Caponi in the circle. ECC MEDIUM Griswold Coach/year: Rick Arremony/15th Record last year: 15-7, 8-2 ECC Medium Top returners: Sr. 3B Brianna Kerby; Jr. P/UT Shyla Krick; Jr. SS/P Shay Sauvageau; Jr. 1B Brooke Rainville; Jr. OF Meghan Davis; Jr. C/OF McKenzie Nasin; So. P/OF Maya Waldron; So. C/OF Madison LaBossiere. Top newcomers: Fr. 2B/OF Haley Bouchard; Fr. 1B/OF Katie Davis; Fr. C/UT Kamryn Gurnee; Fr. OF Brooke McCormack. Outlook: Griswold hopes to build on the experience gained from last year’s co-ECC Medium championship team with seven starters returning to defend the title.

All-State and All-Bulletin selection Sauvageau leads the offense and Krick anchors the rotation for the Wolverines. With a good crop of freshmen joining the team, the Wolverines want to improve on last year’s early postseason exits in the ECC and state tournaments. Killingly Page 3 of 7 – Coach/year: Lance Leduc/1st Record last year: 3-17, 2-8 ECC Medium Top returners: Sr. Cara Mayhew; Sr. Sydney Guari; Sr. Madison Weaver; Sr. Alexis Lamontagne; Sr. Cassie Brown; Sr. Karissa Slowik; Jr. Morgan Harriott; Jr. Phoebe Corey; Jr. Jordan Farquharson; Jr. Amanda Jovanovich. Top newcomers: So. Ashley Veillette; So. Reilly Allen; Fr. Sedona Pratt; Fr. Hannah Walters. Outlook: Leduc replaces Bill Rahall, and the new coach is excited to lead Killingly into the future. Leduc hopes to install a positive culture of competition, learning and fun that goes beyond wins and losses. But Leduc expects the Redgals to improve on the field as well, and with a solid group of senior and juniors the results should come quickly.

Montville Coach/year: Robert Alves/7th Record last year: 12-9, 6-4 ECC Small Top returners: Sr. P/OF Lexi Kobyluck; Sr. C Katie Banta; Sr. 1B Alex Clemons; Sr. 2B Sam Rogers; Sr. 3B Olivia Fargo; So. SS Amanda Perkins; So. P/OF Jazlin Fitch. Top newcomers: Jr. Ria Alvaran; Jr. Tiffany Evans; Jr. Sarah Bigabal; Jr. Kyndra Dietrich; So. Emmiley Genua; Fr. Kaitlin Price; Fr. Abby Diamantini. Outlook: Montville aims to build on the success of last season by qualifying for the ECC Tournament and by making a return trip to the state tournament. The experience of the five returning seniors will help the Indians adjust to the departure of five four-year starters from last year’s squad.

Alves believes the team has improved and should reach its goals of postseason play. New London Coach/year: Missy Parker/5th Record last year: 0-20, 0-10 ECC Medium Top returners: Sr. C Riley Barnes; Sr. CF Kenya Capers; Sr. RF Tiffany McPherson; Sr. 1B Jocelyn Cooper; Sr. P Shaiann Rosado; Sr. UT J’lise Potter; So. IF Erin Heap. Top newcomers: Sr. UT Naralee Suarez; Fr. IF Bria Fielding; Fr. P Jovanna Potter. Outlook: New London looks to right the ship after a winless 2015 season.

The Whalers know there is nowhere to go but up and Parker said “we will continue to work hard and improve while striving to win games.” Stonington Coach/year: Ann-Marie Houle/13th Record last year: 18-7, 7-3 ECC Medium Top returners: Sr. OF Mallory Kane; Sr. SS Rhianna Maynard; Sr. OF Jessica Connor; Sr. 3B Brooke Arruda; Sr. OF Abby Blanchard; Jr. 1B Cameron Dreher; Jr. 2B Emma Miller; So. P Trinity Lennon; So. OF Lainnie Connor; So. IF Erin Craig; So. IF Abby Flakus. Top newcomers: Sr. IF Karissa Coher; Sr. P Caitlyn Schramm; So. IF Emma Diamanti; Fr. P Katie Sanford, Fr. IF Colette Dreher; Fr. OF Miranda Arruda. Page 4 of 7 – Outlook: Not many teams in the league can match the Bears’ returning talent.

Kane is a two-time All-State pick who is headed to Division-I Lafayette University, while Blanchard has signed to play at Division-II Bridgeport. Lennon proved herself in the circle as a freshman, helping Stonington to the ECC title game, where it lost to Fitch, and the Class M second round, where the Bears lost to eventual champion Oxford. The Bears hope to pick up where they left off. Waterford Coach/year: Andy Walker/1st Record last year: 15-9, 8-2 ECC Medium. Top returners: Sr. SS Sara Buscetto; Sr. OF Claire Hurley; Sr. P Kazi Walker; Sr. OF Karena Bushey; Sr. 2B Shea Spellman; Sr. 1B Ally Pezzolesi; Sr. OF Avery Kozma; Sr. UT Mackenzie Merriman; Sr. UT Alyssa Annibalini.

Top newcomers: Sr. OF Jill Sykora; Jr. UT Baylee Brackett; Jr. UT Brittany Sylvia; Jr. C Emily Borysewicz. Outlook: After 14 seasons and three state championships, Liz Sutman stepped aside and her brother was hired to replace her. Sutman didn’t leave the cupboard bare for him. The Lancers shared the division title last year and return nine seniors, led by Hurley, who hit .485 and was an All-State and All-Bulletin pick. Don’t expect a drop-off. ECC SMALL Lyman Memorial Coach/year: Ron Vigue/4th Record last year: 10-13, 7-3 ECC Small Top returners: Sr. C Siarra Harrington; Sr. 2B Monique Dudar; Jr. SS Katy Konow; Jr. UT Ally Cook; So. OF Nicole Bibeault; So. P/IF Katee Meese. Top newcomers: So. P/IF Annie Konrad; So. UT Natalie Curtis; So. 1B/OF Leah Vichas; So. UT Cassidy Ainsley.

Outlook: Lyman has set goals of improving upon its record as well as advancing further in the ECC and state tournaments. Senior captains Harrington and Dudar will serve as the team leaders and the experience provided by the pair of four-year starters should help the younger Bulldogs progress and reach their individual and team goals. Plainfield Coach/year: Jim Langlois/11th Record last year: 12-9, 5-5 ECC Medium Top returners: Sr. C Cali Joslyn; Sr. INF Kayla Rojas; Sr. P/IF Taylor Peloquin; Sr. 1B Hailey Grimshaw; Jr. CF Kat Devolve; So. OF Sydney Grimshaw. Top newcomers: Jr. 3B Malena Faison; Jr. IF Mariah Faison; Jr. OF/C Isabella Feeney; So. OF Mallory Greene; Fr. P-IF Kacee Hurst; Fr. IF/C Maddison Kelley; Fr. IF Julia Rider. Outlook: Plainfield moves back into the ECC Small this season, where it hopes to be competitive.

The mix of returning starters along with a big influx of new talent could lead to some struggles early on, but as the season progresses everything should fall into place for the Panthers. Plainfield will be without its top hitter from last season, Keri Lehtonen, who hit above .600 and posted 45 hits as a senior. Page 5 of 7 – Tourtellotte Coach/year: Brooke DiFormato/6th Record last year: 12-11, 3-7 ECC Small Top returners: Sr. C Christina Kopacz; Sr. P-3B Crystal Daly; Jr. UT Emily Vincent; Sr. SS-OF Carinne Sosnowski; Sr. 2B Grace Denault; Sr. 3B-OF Mariah Beausoleil; Sr. 1B-OF Olivia Padula; So. P-1B Michaela Godzik. Top newcomers: Sr. 3B-OF Abby Poirier; Fr. UT Lauren Ramos; Fr. P-UT Amanda Bogoslofski.

Outlook: With no significant losses from last season’s Class S quarterfinalists, things are looking up in Thompson. The Tigers have high expectations and DiFormato said the team has the potential to be very good. Tourtellotte hopes to improve in its divisional games. Kopacz was an All-Bulletin pick last spring, and with the addition of Poirier and the freshmen, the Tigers add speed to their repertoire. St. Bernard Coach/year: Nicole Nelson/2nd Record last year: 8-12, 4-6 ECC Small Top returners: Jr. P/IF Sophie Nelson; So. C/OF Briana Beverly; So. OF Trinity Rashan.

Top newcomers: So. OF Sarah Brown; Fr. OF Madeline Brady; Fr. IF Megan Bergeron; Fr. IF Sarah Conroy; Fr. IF Shania Riviere; Fr. IF Emily Nelson. Outlook: St. Bernard does not have any seniors on the roster and has only one junior. But leaders Beverly and Sophie Nelson are back to lead the Saints with Nelson expected to shoulder the pitching duties and Beverly moving from catcher to center field. Wheeler Coach/year: Joe Cawley/6th Record last year: 18-4, 10-0 ECC Small Top returners: Sr. SS Raven Houck; So. C Lena Curland; Jr. P Sam Muller. Top newcomers: Fr. 3B-OF Savannah Galluci; Fr. OF Julia Ahern. Outlook: The resurgence of the program continued last season with the Lions’ second straight division title and an ECC tournament berth. Houck, a two-time All-State pick who has committed to play at Pennsylvania, moves to shortstop from catcher.

Cawley said defense will be at a premium this year since the loss of All-Bulletin pitcher Jenn Paride will likely lead to more balls put in play. Windham Coach/year: Mike Lessard/13th Record last year: 5-15, 0-10 ECC Small Top returners: Sr. P Bianca Aponte; Sr. CF/3B Jenny Figueroa; Sr. 1B Vianca Diaz; Jr. LF Tatyana Ware; Jr. P/3B Kaleigh Prentice; Jr. 2B Nicole Rivera; Jr. RF Brianah Mundo; So. SS Neisha Rodriguez; So. C Shailie Mercado. Top newcomers: Sr. OF Kayla Alvarez; Jr. OF/1B Karielis Albino; So. OF Coralis Correa; Fr. C Geuliani Echevarria; Fr. OF Acline Perez; Fr. OF Grace Scott; Fr. 2B Natalia Perez. Outlook: Windham fields a small team of 16 players, but believes it can still be competitive in the ECC Small.

The Whippets hope to build some continuity on defense and a strong lineup with seven returning starters. Aponte is still recovering from an Achilles injury from the gymnastics season, leaving her status in question. If she can’t go, Prentice will handle most of the pitching duties, which will create a domino effect of position changes for defense. Page 6 of 7 – CSC EAST Grasso Tech Coach/year: John Blake Record last year: 9-11, 4-8 CSC East Top returners: Sr. C Amber Mahler; Sr. 1B Tabitha Ford; Sr. OF Kedy Tirado; Sr. OF Marissa Winslow; SJr. P Ashley Cambisaca; Jr. SS Sophia Green; Jr. 3B/OF Arielle Aquino; Jr. OF Clara Pratts; So. 2B/P Lucy Urena; So. OF Elisa Lebron.

Top newcomers: So. C Felishka Ramirez; Fr. OF Erin Blake; Fr. OF Emily Pratts. Outlook: Grasso Tech fields a young team with a lot of potential that should improve as the season goes on. The Eagles are determined to contend for a division title and return to the state tournament. Holy Family Coach/year: Tina Gromko/2nd Record last year: 2-14, 1-11 CSC East Top returners: Sr. IF Genevieve Roy; Sr. OF Atlantis Sligh; So. IF Rebecca Starkey; So. IF Rebecca Wood. Top newcomers: Jr. IF Mary Prather; Fr. IF Marie Tischio; Fr. OF Zanaya Sligh.

Outlook: Nearly half of the Holy Family student body (30) is on the roster (14), led by senior captain Roy. The Marists have a lot of younger players, who should improve over the course of the season. Norwich Tech Coach/year: Russ Stockton/3rd Record last year: 12-10, 10-2 CSC East Top returners: Sr. 3B Daria Stifle; Jr. P Madison Bodley; Jr. SS Abbey Prater; Jr. CF Vanessa Gumbs. Top newcomers: Fr. Hannah Smith; Fr. Makenzie Jones; Fr. Ement Miskiewicz. Outlook: Norwich Tech expects another strong season to defend its co-CSC East title. The returning players, which also includes Casey Gervais, should provide the Warriors with the leadership to surpass last season’s marks. Some tough non-conference games against Montville, Lyman, St. Bernard and Old Lyme should help prepare Norwich Tech for a state tournament run. Parish Hill Coach/year: Gary DeMayo/4th Record last year: 1-19. Top returners: Sr. OF-SS Breanna Gagnon; Sr. 3B-OF Bryana Noel; Sr. C-1B Hannah Meister; Jr. 1B-OF Kimberly Ladd; Jr. P Jordyn Mihok; So. C-SS Vanessa Surridge.

Top newcomers: Jr. UT K. J. Haddad; Jr. OF Haley Gagnon; Jr. OF Shaunali Paskins; Jr. OF Maria Tomas; Fr. P Emily Decarli; Fr. IF Kate Benito; Fr. IF McKenna Hence. Outlook: The Pirates look to continue to grow and improve. They have a good mixture of experience and youth to help. Mihok will bring experience to the circle. Putnam Coach/year: Jon Miller/3rd Record last year: 12-10, 10-2 CSC East Top returners: Sr. P Mackenzie Livingston; Jr. C Lindsay Roberts; So. OF/SS Ashley Burke; So. 1B/C Rebecca Lopez. Top newcomer: Fr. 2B/OF Julia Loomis. Page 7 of 7 – Outlook: Putnam hopes to return to the top of the standings after earning a share of the CSC East title last year.

Livingston is back as the staff ace and is fully healthy for the first time since her freshman season and Roberts is back behind the plate to form an enviable battery that can lead the Clippers back to the top. Putnam will use its team speed to win games with small ball mixed with a little pop, which could be enough for the Clippers to win the division outright. Ellis Tech, Windham Tech, Pomfret and Marianapolis did not submit information.

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